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

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.

 

Friday, Dec. 1

Time for Tots Playgroup. 9:30-10:45 a.m.; also Dec. 15. 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.

Tree Trimming. 3:30 p.m. Children ages 5-12 can singl along with festive music and help decorate the library's tree. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Festival of Trees First Friday. 5-9 p.m.; through Dec. 10. See trees, wreaths and special displays. On the First Friday, taste Speech chocolates and listen to holiday music from 45s and LPs. A fundraiser for the Everson Museum of Art. (After the first day, Festival of Trees is open during regular museum hours.) Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. $8/adults; free/child. (315) 474-6064. everson.org/FOT17.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. 7 p.m.; also Dec. 2. Charles Schulz’s comic comes to life in this musical, an average day in the life of Charlie Brown. Public Service Leadership Academy at Fowler, 227 Magnolia St., Syracuse. $3/advance; $5/door. (315) 435-4376. tiny.cc/PSLA-CB.

Saturday, Dec. 2

Breakfast with Santa at the Zoo. 9-10 a.m. or 11 a.m.-noon; also Dec. 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17. Enjoy a delicious breakfast while the kids share Christmas wishes with the jolly old elf, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus and create a holiday craft. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Cost includes zoo admission: $18/general; free/age 2 & younger. Reservations required: (315) 435-8511, Ext. 113. rosamondgiffordzoo.org.

Stop Motion Animation. 10 a.m. Kids age 10 and up can learn how movies work and make their own short stop-motion animated film. Soule Branch Library, 101 Springfield Road, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5320.

Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; also Dec. 3. Dozens of crafters, as well as food and music. Nottingham High School, 3100 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. Admission: $2/adult; free/age 16 & younger or 65 & older. (315) 472-5478. peacecouncil.net/plowshares.

Polar Express Model Train. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Listen to The Polar Express and then set up the American Flyer model train set; for ages 6-12. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Paws to Read. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also Dec. 9, 16, 23 & 30. 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.

Tails to Tell. 11 a.m.; also Dec. 16. 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.

A Charlie Brown Christmas. 11 a.m.; also Dec. 3, 9, 10 & 30. In this puppet version of the popular television special, the Peanuts gang gets together to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. Open Hand performers use 11 hand-crafted puppets in the show. Open Hand Theater, Shoppingtown Mall, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., Suite No. 3, DeWitt. $13-$15/adults; $8-$10/youth; free/under 2. (315) 476-0466. openhandtheater.org.

Musical Holiday Storytime and Santa Pictures. 11 a.m. Children can hear holiday stories, sing carols to live music, and get photos taken with Santa. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Handbell Ensemble Concert. 2 p.m. Belle Aire plays English handbell music, from Bach to the Beatles. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636.

Polar Express Pajama Party. 5-6 p.m.; also Dec. 9, 15 & 16. 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.

Elf Tree Lighting. 6-8 p.m. An Elf-themed Christmas tree lighting. Lakeshore Baptist Church, 6696 Lakeshore Road, Cicero. Free. (315) 752-3134.

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. 7 p.m. See Dec. 1 listing.

 

Sunday, Dec. 3

Breakfast with Santa at the Zoo. 9-10 a.m. or 11 a.m.-noon; also Dec. 9, 10, 16 & 17. See Dec. 2 listing.

Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. See Dec. 2 listing.

Teddy Bear Tea. 1-3 p.m. Children, adults and teddy bears (or other stuffed animals) can have a fun afternoon, including tea, treats and activities. Admission to Everson Museum of Art’s Festival of Trees included with each Teddy Bear Tea ticket. Grand Ballroom, Marriott Syracuse Downtown (Hotel Syracuse), 100 E. Onondaga St., Syracuse. $25. Reservations required: everson.org/FOT17.

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

A Charlie Brown Christmas. 2 p.m.; also Dec. 9, 10 & 30. See Dec. 2 listing.

Chemsations. 2 p.m.; also Dec. 17. Local high school students demonstrate chemical reactions with color changes, bubbles and light. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.

A Holiday Festival of Carols. 4 p.m. Members of Syracuse Children’s Chorus sing a mix of festive music, including songs about Christmas, Hanukkah and winter, in a celebration of the season. Most Holy Rosary Church, 111 Roberts St., Syracuse. $10/adults; $5/ages 5-16; free/under 5. (315) 478-0582. syracusechildrenschorus.org.

 

Monday, Dec. 4

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, Dec. 5

Stories and More. 10 a.m.; also Dec. 12 & 19. 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 Dec. 19. 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.

Tails to Tell. 3:30 p.m.; also Dec. 12 & 19. 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.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 6

First Steps. 9:30 a.m.; also Dec. 13 & 20. 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.

Storytime. 10 a.m.; also Dec. 13 & 20. 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.

Read, Sing, Play Storytime. 10:30-11 a.m.; also Dec. 13, 20 & 27. 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.

Baby Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also also Dec. 13 & 20. 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.

Toddler Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Dec. 13 & 20. 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 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 Dec. 13, 20 & 27. 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.

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, Dec. 7

Teen Writer's Guild. 4-5 p.m. 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.

Hour of Minecraft Code. 5 p.m. Young people ages 13-19 can challenge themselves to a Minecraft-themed hour of code and get a prize. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Craft Club. 5:15 p.m.; also Dec. 14 & 21. 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.

Merry Mischief. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus visit the library and lead a sing-along. NOPL Brewerton, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. Free. (315) 676-7484.

A Christmas Concert. 6:30 p.m. The Lyncourt Community Band, conducted by Tony DeAngelis, and barbershop chorus Harmony Katz perform holiday music and songs. St. Daniel School gym, 3004 Court St., Syracuse. Free. 432-1005.

 

Friday, Dec. 8

Home School Nature Series. 10 a.m.-noon. Homeschooled students ages 5-12 will learn how to recognize field marks to identify birds while participating in a citizen science project. 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 Dec. 15. Active toddlers and preschoolers, and their grownups, can dance to music, using propos and playing rhythm instruments. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. (315) 699-2032.

Gingerbread Houses. 2:30 p.m. It's a half-day of school. Kids can make houses out of graham crackers; for ages 5-12. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Sensory Friendly Polar Express Party. 5 p.m. This chance for children with sensory processing disorders to experience the museum is also a Polar Express pajama party, with hot chocolate, sensory-friendly activities and a chance to visit with Santa. Doors are left open so visitors who need a break can get away from the stimulation of the exhibits, and during The Polar Express (6 p.m.) the IMAX sound is turned down. MOST (Museum of Science & Technology), 500 S. Franklin St., 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.

 

Saturday, Dec. 9

Beaver Lake Breakfast with Santa. 9 a.m.-noon. Have pancakes, sausage and a drink, and meet Santa. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $3-$5/breakfast; $4/parking. (315) 638-2519.

Breakfast with Santa at the Zoo. 9-10 a.m. or 11 a.m.-noon; also Dec. 10, 16 & 17. See Dec. 2 listing.

Read, Make, Play. 10:30 a.m.; also Dec. 23. Children ages 3-5 can listen to stories, make crafts and play. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Dasher’s Magical Gift. 11 a.m. In a narrated ballet for children, performed by students from Dance Centre North, a crisis arises in the days before Christmas when Santa’s fastest reindeer, Dasher, loses his ability to fly. Presented by CNY Arts. Mulroy Civic Center, 411 Montgomery St., Syracuse. $10-$19. (315) 299-5598. dashersmagicalgift.org.

Gingerbread House Making Class. 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.; also Dec. 28. Make a structure and take it home. All materials included. Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. $12. Preregistration and prepayment required: (315) 471-0593, Ext. 10.

Santa Saturday. Noon-4 p.m. Enjoy the Festival of Trees, meet Santa, decorate a holiday ornament, and have a drink and cookies. Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. $12/adults; $10/children. (315) 474-6064. everson.org/FOT17.

A Charlie Brown Christmas. 11 a.m.; also Dec. 10 & 30. See Dec. 2 listing.

Aladdin. 12:30 p.m. See Dec. 2 listing.

Santa and Mrs. Claus. 1:30 p.m. Santa and Mrs. Claus listen to children tell their Christmas wishes after 30 minutes of merry music. Soule Branch Library, 101 Springfield Road, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5320.

Syracuse Children's Chorus. 2 p.m. Two younger choruses perform a selection of choral pieces and holiday favorites.  Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636.

Art at the Library. 2 p.m. All ages of kids can use children's literature to inspire them in exploring concepts of art such as line, shape, color and texture in various media, including paint and found objects. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Hour of Code. 2-4 p.m. Young people ages 8-18 can learn basic computer code, then stay for extra gaming fun. 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: chemistry, candles and more. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/ages 2-64; $7/seniors, age 65-plus; free/under 2. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.

Caroling in the Woods. 7-8:30 p.m. Pick up a song sheet and take part in a Baltimore Woods tradition; bring treats to share with fellow carolers. Lanterns provided. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. Free. (315) 673-1350. Registration requested: baltimorewoods.org.

 

Sunday, Dec. 10

Breakfast with Santa at the Zoo. 9-10 a.m. or 11 a.m.-noon; also Dec. 16 & 17. See Dec. 2 listing.

Free Sunday at the Sciencenter. Noon-5 p.m. Explore the Sciencenter’s interactive exhibits, including Children of Hangzhou. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission on Dec. 10: Free. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.

A Charlie Brown Christmas. 2 p.m.; also Dec. 30. See Dec. 2 listing.

Voices of Faith Choir Concert. 3 p.m. Carols and classical music with the Voices of Faith Choir and guest performers including the John Spillett Duo. A social gathering follows the concert. Basilica of the Sacred Heart, 927 Park Ave., Syracuse. Free will offering. (315) 422-2343.

Monday, Dec. 11

Christmas Ornaments. 3:30 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 can create ornaments and help decorate the library. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

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.

Tuesday, Dec. 12

HANUKKAH BEGINS

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.

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. (315) 569-2542.

Family Literacy Hour. 6-7 p.m. 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.

Happy Holidays Storytime. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Hear stories about Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, then make a craft. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. (315) 458-6184.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 13

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.

Star Party. 7-10 p.m. Using a telescope, look for the Geminid meteor shower, and possibly see the area surrounding Orion, and various nebulae and clusters. Dress warmly. (Backup date: Dec. 14.) Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. (315) 673-1350. Register: baltimorewoods.org.

 

Thursday, Dec. 14

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. maxwellmemoriallibrary.org.

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. (315) 435-3636.

Friday, Dec. 15

Mercy's Promise: A Christmas Musical. 7 p.m.; also Dec. 16 & 17. In this original musical, the faith of a young man and his family is tested during the time of the Romans. Childcare provided for age 5 and under; refreshments after the show. Crossroads Community Church, 1751 Fyler Road, Chittenango. (315) 687-7625.

 

Saturday, Dec. 16

Last Chance Train Run & Breakfast. 8:30-11 a.m. Go on an 8-mile walk or run and have an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. Highland Forest Park, County Road 128, Fabius. $10/adults; $5/ages 6-11; $20/family maximum. (315) 683-5550.

Breakfast with Santa at the Zoo. 9-10 a.m. or 11 a.m.-noon; also Dec. 17. See Dec. 2 listing.

Junior Café Scientifique. 9:30-11 a.m. The Technology Alliance of Central New York presents a talk on the subject of aviation, the physics of flight, and the different routes to becoming a pilot. 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.

Meet Santa's Reindeer. Noon-4 p.m.; also Dec. 17. Meet, pet and take photos with Comet and Prancer. Part of Holidays in the City; other events include free holiday trolley at stops downtown (Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Dec. 17, noon-4 p.m.); Santa visit at the Galleries of Syracuse (Dec. 17, noon-4 p.m.; advance registration required); Hanover Square, Syracuse. Free. holidaysinsyr.com.

Aladdin. 12:30 p.m. See Dec. 2 listing.

Making Your Own Gingerbread House. 2 p.m. Children age 5 (younger if accompanied by an adult) and up can make a mini gingerbread house. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940.

Ugly Sweater and Cookie Party. 2 p.m. Young people ages 13-19 can decorate sweaters and cookies to try to make them as ridiculous as possible. Materials provided, but participants may bring in decorations if they wish. 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. syracusecountrydancers.org.

Mercy's Promise: A Christmas Musical. 7 p.m.; also Dec. 17.  See Dec. 15 listing.

Sunday, Dec. 17

Breakfast with Santa at the Zoo. 9-10 a.m. or 11 a.m.-noon. See Dec. 2 listing.

Mercy's Promise: A Christmas Musical. 10:30 a.m. See Dec. 15 listing.

Meet Santa's Reindeer. Noon-4 p.m.; also Dec. 17. See Dec. 16 listing.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. 2 & 6 p.m. The international touring ballet company returns to Syracuse for its holiday performance. Mulroy Civic Center, 411 Montgomery St., Syracuse. $28-$132 (plus fees). (315) 435-2121. ticketmaster.com.

Free Holiday Movie. 3-6 p.m. Enjoy games and activities (3-4 p.m.), then see Jim Carrey in The Grinch. Part of Holidays in the City. Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. holidaysinsyr.com.

Monday, Dec. 18

Homeschooling 101 for Parents. 7-8:30 p.m. Homeschooling parents meet and talk about a different topic each month. This month parents can exchange ideas and bring in curriculum to share. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

 

Tuesday, Dec. 19

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Wednesday, Dec. 20

A Child’s Christmas in Wales. 7 p.m. See a fully staged performance of the Dylan Thomas work, directed by Gerard Moses. Carols and refreshments after the show. Studio24, 433 Hawley Ave., Syracuse. $10. (315) 289-6613. studio24m.net.

 

Thursday, Dec. 21

WINTER BEGINS

Solstice Hike. 7-8:30 p.m. Learn about ancient solstice traditions on a lantern-lit hike through the woods; snowshoes provided. For age 8 and up. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. (315) 673-1350. Register: baltimorewoods.org.

 

Friday, Dec. 22

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Saturday, Dec. 23

Creation Station. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Kids age 5-12 can walk in anytime to make cards, wreaths and ornaments. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Aladdin. 12:30 p.m. See Dec. 2 listing.

 

Sunday, Dec. 24

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Monday, Dec. 25

CHRISTMAS

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Tuesday, Dec. 26

KWANZAA BEGINS

Winter Break Week Activities. 2-4 p.m., daily; through Dec. 30. Kids ages 5-12 can take part in hands-on activities throughout the week. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

 

Wednesday, Dec. 27

Aladdin. 12:30 p.m. See Dec. 2 listing.

The Bubbleman. 2 p.m. Doug Rougeux demonstrates the science of bubbles. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636.

Star Wars STEAM. 2-3 p.m. Build a droid, make Star Wars snowflakes and more; for age 7 and up. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. (315) 458-6184.

Winter Bird Feeders. 2:30 p.m. Children ages 5-12 can make two different types of bird feeders to hang in their yards. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

 

Thursday, Dec. 28

Gingerbread House Making Class. 11 a.m. & 1 p.m. See Dec. 9 listing.

Junk Creatures, the Sequel. 2 p.m. Kids age 5 and up can make beasts from the recycling bin, with accessories from the craft cabinet. Central Library, KidSpace, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

The Checkers Show. 2-2:45 p.m. Enjoy magic, comedy, stunts and a unique story line. NOPL Brewerton, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. Free. (315) 676-7484.

Tinkering Time. 2:30 p.m. Children ages 8-12 can test their hands at circuit making with littleBits electronic kits. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Family STEAM Night. 6 p.m. Families with children age 3 and up can explore science, technology, engineering, art and math concepts through the library's kits and other items, including the Big Blue Blocks. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

 

Friday, Dec. 29

Holiday Engineering. 2 p.m. Children age 5 and up can use craft materials to build and decorate their own gingerbread house to bring home. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Coding and Robotics Workshop. 2-4 p.m. Kids age 7 and up can learn about coding and robotics with two different, hands-on learning kits. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 435-3636.

New Year's Family Fun. 2:30 p.m. Children ages 5-12 can share New Year's resolutions, create calendars, and make party hats and noisemakers to help ring in 2018. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

 

Saturday, Dec. 30

A Charlie Brown Christmas. 11 a.m. See Dec. 2 listing.

Aladdin. 12:30 p.m. See Dec. 2 listing.

Noon Year's Eve Party. Noon. Kids and parents can ring in the New Year with an event that features music, dancing, crafts, snacks, and a countdown at noon. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Building Fun. 2 p.m. Children can build with the Big Blue Blocks. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940.

 

Sunday, Dec. 31

Noon Year’s Eve. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Ring in the “noon” year with entertainment, games, crafts, and a sparkling-juice toast at noon. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission: $8/adults (ages 19-61); $5/over age 62; $4/ages 3-18; free/age 2 and younger. (315) 435-8511.

 

Monday, Jan. 1

NEW YEAR’S DAY

See Ongoing Events

 

Tuesday, Jan. 2

First Snow Leopard Day. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. See snow leopards, Humboldt penguins, red wolves and other animals for half price through Feb. 28. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission January and February: $4/adults; $2.50/age 62 & up; $2/ages 3-18; free/age 2 and younger. (315) 435-8511.

 

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.; through Jan. 7. (Closed 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.

Horsedrawn Sleigh (or Hay) Rides. Saturdays & Sundays, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; Dec. 16-Feb. 25. Also Dec. 26-Jan. 1; Jan. 15 & Feb. 19. A 20-minute ride into the woods.

Highland Forest Park. County Road 128, Fabius. $6/adults; $3/age 5 & under. (315) 683-5550.

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. wholelygroundsattheroad.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. 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 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. (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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