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

Wednesday, Nov. 1

First Steps. 9:30 a.m.; also Nov. 8, 15, 22 & 29. 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.

Baby Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Nov. 8, 15, 22 & 29. 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.

Read, Sing, Play Storytime. 10:30-11 a.m.; also Nov. 8, 15, 22 & 29. Children from birth to age 5 years, accompanied by an adult, can enjoy a fun storytime. Central Library, KidSpace, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Nov. 8, 15 & 29. 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.

Homeschool Creative Writing Club. 1:30-3 p.m. Students in grades 7-12 can join other homeschooler 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.

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.

Technology Camp. 4:30 p.m.; also Nov. 8, 15 & 29. Young people ages 8-18 can learn a variety of tech skills, from basic robotics to computer coding in sessions with plenty of hands-on activities. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Teen Geeks. 6-8 p.m.; also Nov. 15. 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 suggestions. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

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

Thursday, Nov. 2

Trail Tales. 1 p.m.; also Nov. 16 & 30. 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.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 4 p.m.; through Nov. 4. The JCB Drama club presents Shakespeare’s comedy about four young lovers who find themselves lost and confused in a magical forest. John C. Birdlebough High School, 552 Main St., Phoenix. $8/adults; $5/senior citizens & students. (315) 695-1631. Pre-order: lspereno@phoenixcsd.org.

Teen Writer’s Guild. 4-5 p.m.; also Nov. 9 & 15. 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.

Craft Club. 5:15 p.m.; also Nov. 9 & 16. Children age 5 and up can use their imaginations and discover new crafting techniques. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Friday, Nov. 3

Drop in Family Storytime. 10:15-10:45 a.m.; also Nov. 17. 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.

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.

Sharing Nature. 1 p.m.; also Nov. 10 & 17. Preschoolers, accompanied by an adult, can discover nature with walks, games and crafts. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $7/person. Parking: $4/vehicle. Preregistration required: (315) 638-2519.

Popcorn Fridays. 3:30-4:30 p.m.; also Nov. 17. Young people ages 12-18 can eat popcorn, watch anime and play games in the teen space. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Wii and Game Fun. 3:30 p.m.; also Nov. 17. 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.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 7:30 p.m.; through Nov. 4. See Nov. 2 listing.

Saturday, Nov. 4

Jingle Bell Run. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A festive 5K run raises awareness and funds for the Arthritis Foundation. Long Branch Park, 3813 Long Branch Road, Liverpool. $15-$40. (585) 264-1480.

Squishing of the Squash. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. When Halloween’s over, zoo animals get a chance to play with and squish some pumpkins. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission: $8/adults; $5/senior citizens; $4/children; free/age 2 and younger. (315) 435-8511. rosamondgiffordzoo.org.

NYS Model Train Fair. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; also Nov. 5. One of the Northeast’s premier model train shows, with dozens of vendors and numerous operating layouts. Sponsored by the National Railway Historical Society’s Central New York chapter. State Fairgrounds, Geddes. $10/age 16 & older; free/age 15 and under. (315) 451-6551. modeltrainfair.com.

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

Paws to Read. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also Nov. 11, 18 & 25. Kids can read to a friendly dog from Paws Inc. of CNY. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Toddlers’ Tango. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Toddlers and preschoolers can join the fun in this music and movement class. Salina Free Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524.

Tails to Tell. 11 a.m.; also Nov. 18. Children ages 5-12 can read to a dog volunteer trained by Paws of CNY. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Highland Forest Open House. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Meet the staff, buy season ski passes, and find out about outdoor clubs. Horse-drawn wagon rides for $3. Highland Forest Park, Skyline Lodge, County Road 128, Fabius. Free admission. (315) 683-5550.

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.

St. Daniel Harvest Festival. Noon-9 p.m. Activities include kids’ games and crafts; bake sale; casino games; raffles; and a performance by Elvis impersonator Tom Gilbo (5-6 p.m.). St. Daniel School gymnasium, 3004 Court St., Syracuse. Free admission. (315) 454-4946.

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.

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.

Technology Camp. 2 p.m.; also Nov. 11, 18 & 25. Young people ages 8-18 can learn a variety of tech skills, from basic robotics to computer coding in sessions with plenty of hands-on activities. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m.; Saturdays. In upcoming sessions of this weekly interactive series, topics will include: boat safety, birds, seeds, and the engineering of a rollercoaster. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/ages 2-64; $7/seniors, age 65-plus; free/under 2. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 7:30 p.m. See Nov. 2 listing.

Sunday, Nov. 5

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS

NYS Model Train Fair. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. See Nov. 4 listing.

Montessori School Open House. 2-4 p.m. Learn about the private preschool and elementary school for children ages 3-12. Montessori School of Syracuse, 155 Waldorf Parkway, Syracuse. (315) 449-9033. mssyr.org.

Mickey & Minnie’s Doorway to Magic. 1 & 4 p.m. In this Disney Live show, more than two dozen characters emerge from a magical doorway to perform spectacular scenes. Crouse-Hinds Theater, Oncenter, 411 Montgomery St., Syracuse. $15-$105. (315) 435-2121. disneylive.com.

Day of the Dead Party. 2-3 p.m. Everyone from age 8 to 18 can celebrate Dia de los Muertos by eating traditional foods, making crafts and learning more about this Mexican holiday. Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, DeWitt. Free. Registration required: (315) 446-3578. CLDandJ.org.

Monday, Nov. 6

Moms Club of Syracuse East. 10 a.m.-noon.; also Nov. 20. Meet other mothers while the kids play. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. ffl.org.

Rhyme Time. 10:30 a.m.; also Nov. 20. Children from infants to 2 years will learn songs and nursery rhymes, followed by free play with educational toys. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

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.

Monday Funday. 5 p.m. Children ages 5-10 can make a craft. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. (315) 672-3661. 
maxwellmemoriallibrary.org.

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.com.

Tuesday, Nov. 7

ELECTION DAY

Kids Vote. 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Children ages 5-12 can make their own voter registration cards and cast votes in the categories of snacks, books, movies and library programs. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Rock Your Vote. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Kids ages 11-17 can use mock ballots to “vote” in Syracuse elections. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Stories and More. 10 a.m.; also Nov. 14, 21 & 28. Children from babies to age 5 years can get a chance to move around, sing, hear stories and more. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Signing Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Nov. 21. 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.

Read, Sing and Play Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Nov. 14, 21 & 28. 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.

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.

Tails to Tell. 3:30 p.m.; also Nov. 14, 21 & 28. Children ages 5-12 can read to a dog volunteer trained by Paws of CNY. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Coding Essentials. 4-5:15 p.m.; also Nov. 14, 21 & 28.  People age 12 and up can learn about HTML and CSS. Attendees must understand how to navigate the internet. Central Library, MakerSpace, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Hazard Teen Poetry Society. 5 p.m.; also Nov. 14. 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, Nov. 8

Storytime. 10 a.m.; also Nov. 15, 22 & 29. Early readers can practice literacy skills with music, rhymes, movement and stories; for ages from infants through 5 years. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

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.

Teen Anime Night at NOPL. 6-8 p.m. Young people can watch anime, partipate in drawing contests, and take part in other activities. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. (315) 458-6184.

Thursday, Nov. 9

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.

Preschool Book Club. 1:30 p.m. Children ages 3-5 can bring a parent or guardian to read a book together and then talk about things happening in the book. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. (315) 672-3661. maxwell
memoriallibrary.org.

Teen Trading Card Game Day. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Young people ages 12-18 can join TCG Player, a local company, for an afternoon of games and prizes. Central Library, Community Room, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Teen Writing and Drawing Group. 3:30-5 p.m. Teens can share art or writing, get feedback, and talk about their projects. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 435-3636.

Friday, Nov. 10

Time for Tots Playgroup. 9:30-10:45 a.m. 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.

Home School Nature Series. 10 a.m.-noon. Homeschooled students ages 5-12 will discover how birds find their way to wintering locations and back home again. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah. $8/student. (315) 365-3588. ny.audubon.org/montezuma.

Family Dance Party. 2-3 p.m.; also Nov. 17. Active toddlers and preschoolers, and their grownups, can dance to music, using props and playing rhythm instruments. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. (315) 699-2032.

Saturday, Nov. 11

CNY Bridges Build ’Em & Bust ’Em. 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Teams of up to three students in grades 4-12 can build bridges out of balsa wood and see them broken to test the bridges’ strength. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Admission: $12/adults; $10/ages 2-15. (315) 425-9068.

Read, Make, Play. 10:30 a.m.; also Nov. 18 & 25. Children ages 3-5 can listen to stories, make crafts and play. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

The Secret of the Puppets Book. 11 a.m. In this performance, Lewis, a puppet who loves stories, discovers the fun and adventure of reading. Open Hand Theater, Suite No. 3, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. $5. (315) 476-0466. openhandtheater.org.

Rice Creek Rambles. 11 a.m.; also 18 & 25. 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.

Aladdin. 12:30 p.m. See Nov. 4 listing.

Science Saturday. 2-4 p.m. Kids age 6 and up can learn a new way to use an iPad, using the Osmo app for word and math games, coding, drawing and more. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (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, Nov. 12

March of Dimes Run/March for Babies. 8 a.m. (5K run registration); 10 a.m. (three-mile walk registration). At 9 a.m., run 5K or at 11 a.m. walk three miles and raise money for local programs that support healthy pregnancies. SRC Arena, Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Donations and pledges. (315) 463-0700.

Monday, Nov. 13

The Bubble Man. 2-3 p.m. Doug Rougeux creates intricate and beautiful bubbles. NOPL Brewerton, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. (315) 676-7484.

Lights on the Lake Stroll. 5-9 p.m. Special two-mile walking preview of annual wonderland of illuminated holiday scenes at Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool, before it opens to vehicles only. Visitors may stroll some or all of the trail. Holiday characters will be on the trail. Parking at Griffin Visitor Center, Salt Museum or Willow Bay lots. $2/donation for adults. (315) 453-6712.

Tuesday, Nov. 14

Yoga Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also also Nov. 28. 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.

Creation Station. 2:30 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 can make three different Thanksgiving crafts: paper pumpkins, thankful pies and turkeys. All supplies provided. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Teen MOPS. 4-6 p.m.; also Nov. 28. 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.

Lights on the Lake Dog Walk. 5-9 p.m. Dogs are welcome for this special walking preview of the annual illuminated holiday wonderland, including holiday characters. Walkers can cover as much of the two-mile stretch as they wish. Refreshments for humans and dogs available for sale. Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. Parking at Griffin Visitor Center, Salt Museum or Willow Bay lots. $2/donation. (315) 453-6712.

Family Literacy Hour. 6:15-7:15 p.m.; also Nov. 28. Families with children from infants to 5 years old can get into stories, music, rhymes and movement. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Wednesday, Nov. 15

Cooking Fall Muffins. 4 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 can learn while making a delicious treat. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Opening Night Lights on the Lake. 5-10 p.m., daily; through Jan. 7. Drive through the annual light extravaganza featuring two miles of life-size displays, themed sections and a grand finale. Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. $10/car, Monday-Thursday; $15/car, Friday-Sunday. (315) 453-6712.

Pokemon. 6:30 p.m. Participants of all skill levels are encouraged to come and play Pokemon. 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.

Cirque du Soleil: Varekai. 7:30 p.m.; through Nov. 19. In a set depicting a magical forest, a cast of 50 performers demonstrates a variety of circus arts, from street performance to aerial acts. War Memorial, Oncenter, 800 S. State St., Syracuse. $25-$170. ticketmaster.com.

Thursday, Nov. 16

Terrific Thursdays. 11 a.m.-noon. In a program for homeschooling students and families, children can learn how to get ideas for stories with children’s book author Lauri Fortino. Community Library of DeWitt & Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, DeWitt. Free. Registration required: (315) 446-3578. CLDandJ.org.

Thanksgiving Meal. 12:15 p.m. Community members can help serve a festive meal especially for those with special needs. The Road, 4845 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. (315) 218-6066. wholelygrounds
attheroad.org.

Celebrate Eric Carle. 2-3 p.m. Children ages 3-7 can celebrate author Eric Carle with a storytime and a craft; each attendee will receive a free book. Salina Free Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524.

Teen Book Club. 3:30-4:30 p.m. In this month’s session, young people ages 12-18 can talk about M.E. Girard’s Girl Mans Up, about Pen, a 16-year-old girl who looks like a boy. Central Library, Community Room, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Game Design Coding Club. 6:30 p.m. Children in grade 5 and up can learn to program their own computer games using Scratch. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 492-1727.

Friday, Nov. 17

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. CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.

Mixing and Mastering. 3:30-4:30 p.m. People age 12 and up can learn the basics of post-production techniques with SubCat Studios. Central Library, MakerSpace, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900. Registration required: onlib.org/events/calendar.

Star Party. 7-9 p.m. Using a telescope, look for the Leonid Meteor Shower, and get a look at Uranus and Neptune. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to lie back and watch for meteors. Dress warmly. (Backup date: Nov. 18.) Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. (315) 673-1350. Register: baltimorewoods.org.

Saturday, Nov. 18

Junior Café Scientifique. 9:30-11 a.m. The Technology Alliance of Central New York presents a talk by Maryame El Moutamid about orbital dynamics and celestial mechanics. The talk is geared toward middle school students, who must be accompanied by an adult. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Free. Register by email: jrcafe@tacny.org.

Aladdin. 12:30 p.m. See Nov. 4 listing.

Pioneer Cabin Campfire Cooking. 2-4 p.m. Learn traditional campfire recipes and cooking techniques, and make something to eat right on the fire; recommended for age 8 and up. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $15. (315) 673-1350. Register: baltimorewoods.org.

Graphic Novel and Comic Book Club. 2 p.m. Young people ages 13-19 can discuss Matt Dembicki’s book Trickster: Native American Tales (available Hoopla), work on their own graphic novels, and eat pizza. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Family Dance. 6:30 p.m. Children and adults of all ages and abilities are welcome to join in fun and simple dances. United Church of Fayetteville, 310 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville. $2/adults; $1/teens & kids. syracuse
countrydancers.org.

Sunday, Nov. 19

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Monday, Nov. 20

First Day Erie Canal Museum Gingerbread Gallery. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; through Jan. 7. (Closed Nov. 23.) See structures made from pretzels, candy and—of course—gingerbread in this magical village, with a special theme of the Erie Canal and its vessels. Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. $7/adults; $5/seniors; $2/age 12 & under. (315) 471-0593.

Homeschooling 101 for Parents. 7-8:30 p.m. Homeschooling parents meet and talk about a different topic each month. This month: online options. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Tuesday, Nov. 21

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Wednesday, Nov. 22

Lego Build. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 can play with Legos or complete the Thanksgiving challenge. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Thanksgiving Party. 4 p.m. Children from babies to age 12 can bake tasty treats to eat and make crafts to take home. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Thursday, Nov. 23

Turkey Trot 5K. 9 a.m. 5K leaves from the White Water Pub, 110 S. Willow St., Liverpool, and follows the East Shore Trail, Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. $25. (315) 373-1282.

Friday, Nov. 24

IMAX Polar Express Opening Day. Noon & 3 p.m.; through Jan. 1. See the animated movie about a boy on the edge of not believing in Santa Claus—until he takes a wild train ride to the North Pole. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. $10/adults; $8/ages 2-11 and seniors age 65 and up. (315) 425-9068.

Opening Day Dickens’ Christmas in Skaneateles. Noon-4 p.m.; also Saturdays & Sundays through Dec. 24. More than 50 Victorian characters, including the author of A Christmas Carol himself, fill the village of Skaneateles, on Genesee, Jordan and Fennell streets. Free. (315) 685-0552. skaneateles.com.

Clinton Square Tree Lighting Ceremony. 6:30 p.m. The annual lighting of the 50-foot-plus Norway spruce takes place following an evening of music and an appearance by Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus. After the ceremony, head to an open house at City Hall (233 E. Washington St.), meet the mayor and have photos taken with the Clauses. Downtown Syracuse. Free. (315) 473-4330. syracuse.ny.us.

Saturday, Nov. 25

Button Maker. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Children ages 5-12 can create a design on paper and see how it’s made into a pinback button. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Family Train Day. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Trains run on a large indoor model railroad and in loops on the floor; also a children’s play area. Presented by the Central New York Large-Scale Railway Society. The Commons, Driver’s Village, 5885 E. Circle Drive, Cicero. Free. cnylsrs.net.

Holiday Crafts for Kids. 10 a.m. Children of all ages can create their own crafts and ornaments using materials found in nature. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $6/person. Parking: $4/vehicle. Preregistration required: (315) 638-2519.

Aladdin. 12:30 p.m. See Nov. 4 listing.

Polar Express Pajama Party. 5-6 p.m. Children can take part in interactive activities and visit with Santa Claus. Then they can see The Polar Express in the six-story IMAX theater (7 p.m.). Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. $5/person for party, in addition to movie tickets: $10/adults; $8/ages 2-11 and seniors age 65 and up(315) 425-9068. most.org.

Nature at Night Walk. 6-7:30 p.m. Naturalist George Steele reads from his book Wait Till It Gets Dark, then he leads a walk that helps participants explore what animals do at night. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savannah. $7/adult; $5/child; $20/family. (315) 365-3588. ny.audubon.org/montezuma.

Sunday, Nov. 26

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Monday, Nov. 27

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Tuesday, Nov. 28

Teen Mystery Afternoon. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Young people ages 12-18 can try to figure out why Selena stole a library book and how justice can be served. Central Library, Community Room, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900. Registration required: onlib.org/events/calendar.

Wednesday, Nov. 29

The Wizard of Oz. 7 p.m. (preview); through Jan. 7. An acrobatic take on the beloved story includes characters and songs from the Oscar-winning movie score. Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. $20-$58. (315) 443-3275.

Thursday, Nov. 30

DIY Snowman Ornament. 6-7 p.m. Kids ages 8-12 can learn to make a snowman ornament with a light-up nose. Salina Free Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524.

Yoga Storytime. 6:30 p.m. Participants can take part in a yoga storytime, make a craft and enjoy a snack. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636.

Writing and Comic Drawing Club. 7 p.m. Young people in grade 6 and up can play fun games to help develop characters and plot twists, get writing tips, and more. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration requested: (315) 492-1727.

Friday, Dec. 1

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Saturday, Dec. 2

Aladdin. 12:30 p.m. See Nov. 4 listing.

Syracuse City Ballet Nutcracker. 1 & 6 p.m.; also Dec. 3. Syracuse City Ballet artists and children perform the tale of a young girl who ventures into an enchanted world after saving a dashing prince. Mulroy Civic Center, 411 Montgomery St., Syracuse. $10-$75 (plus fees). (315) 435-2121. syracusecityballet.com.

Sunday, Dec. 3

Syracuse City Ballet Nutcracker. 2 p.m. See Dec. 2 listing.

 

ONGOING EVENTS

Lights on the Lake. 5-10 p.m., daily; through Jan. 7. Drive through the annual light extravaganza featuring two miles of life-size displays, themed sections and a grand finale. Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. $6/car, Mondays & Tuesdays with Wegmans Shoppers Club card. $10/car, Monday-Thursday; $15/car, Friday-Sunday. (315) 453-6712.

Erie Canal Museum Gingerbread Gallery. Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Nov. 20-Jan. 7. (Closed Nov. 23, Dec. 25 & Jan. 1.) Dec. 24 & 31: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. See a fantastical village of houses, boats and more, built with gingerbread, candy, crackers and other edible items. Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. $7/adults; $5/seniors; $2/age 12 & under. (315) 471-0593.

Peanut Butter Jelly Time. Thursdays, 5 p.m. Members of the community can join in making more than a hundred bagged lunches to hand out to the hungry and homeless in downtown Syracuse. The Road, 4845 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. (315) 218-6066. whole
lygroundsattheroad.org.

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. 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 Brewerton Storytimes. Age 2 and up: Mondays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. NOPL Brewerton, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. (315) 676-7484.

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 4-7: 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. 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.

 

 

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