Calendar


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Tuesday, Nov. 29

Homeschool Craft and Storytime. Noon-1 p.m. Students ages 4-8 and families can hear stories and make crafts. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Drawing in 3D for Teens. 5-7 p.m. Use 3Doodler pens to make creations such as jewelry, candy holders or other items; for ages 13-19. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

Wednesday, Nov. 30

Montessori Playgroup. 9-11 a.m. Parents of children ages 18 months-3 years can bring their kids and learn about the Montessori method with trained Montessori teachers. Montessori School of Syracuse, 155 Waldorf Parkway, Syracuse. Free. 449-9033.

Picture Book Review Club. 4:30 p.m. Kids ages 9-12 can read books and rate them, and also have some snacks. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3797.

Mary Poppins. 7 p.m. (preview); through Jan. 8. In this musical based on the stories of M.L. Travers and the Disney film, a nanny arrives to charm the Banks children and their parents. Syracuse Stage, 820 E. Genesee St., Syracuse. $20-$44. 443-3275. syracusestage.org.

Thursday, Dec. 1

Storytime. 10-10:30 a.m.; also Dec. 8, 15, 22 & 29. Toddlers and preschoolers can have fun with stories, songs, fingerplays and more. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. 435-5442.

Sing Along Friends Storytime. 10:15-11 a.m.; also Dec. 8. Children ages 2-5 and caregivers can share songs, stories and rhymes in a program that promotes early literacy skills. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. Registration required: lpl.org.

IMAX Polar Express. 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. Additional screenings on Thursdays, Fridays and some Saturdays. 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. 425-9068.

Trail Tales. 1 p.m.; also Dec. 29. A naturalist reads two nature-themed stories and then leads a hike whose theme matches the stories; for children ages 3-5, accompanied by an adult. Beaver Lake Nature Center parking lot, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $4/parking. 638-2519.

Betts Christmas Tree. 3 p.m. Make an ornament and trim the Betts Christmas tree. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

Maker Club. 3:30-5 p.m. Children age 7 and up (under 10 must be accompanied by an adult) can attempt edible drawings with pancake batter and test how different ingredients affect pancake texture. NOPL at Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. Registration required: 699-2032. nopl.org.

Friday, Dec. 2

First Day Festival of Trees. Noon-5 p.m.; through Dec. 11. See trees, wreaths and special displays that embody the theme “Winter Lights,” and hear live music. A fundraiser for the Everson Museum of Art. Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. $8/adults; free/child. 474-6064. everson.org.

Wii and Game Fun. 3-4:30 p.m.; also Dec. 9, 16, 23 & 30. Kids age 5 and up can test their skills on the Nintendo Wii and enjoy board games while they wait. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3395.

Night of Lights. 6-7:30 p.m. See the tree lighting, Santa’s arrival, performances by Colgate University singing groups and more. Hamilton village green, Payne Street, Hamilton. Free. 
thisishamiltonny.com.

Polar Express Event. 7 p.m. Kids can wear pajamas, hear The Polar Express, and take part in activities including writing a Dear Santa letter. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Saturday, Dec. 3

Breakfast with Santa at the Zoo. 9-10 a.m. or 11 a.m.-noon; also Dec. 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18. 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: 435-8511, Ext. 113. 
rosamondgiffordzoo.org.

Beaver Lake Breakfast with Santa. 9 a.m.-noon; also Dec. 10. Have pancakes, sausage and a drink, and meet Santa. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $3-$5/breakfast; $4/parking. 638-2519.

Soule Road Craft Fair. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. More than 120 crafters display their wares; raffles and food as well. A fundraiser for Soule Road Elementary School, 8338 Soule Road, Liverpool. srecraft@yahoo.com.

Natural Holiday Decorations. 9 a.m.-noon.; also Dec. 10. Children can learn to make simple holiday decorations and ornaments using natural materials. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. Admission: $4/vehicle for parking. 638-2519.

Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; also Dec. 4. 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. 472-5478. peacecouncil.net/plowshares.

Make Your Holiday. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Make gifts for the whole family; choose from a terrarium, wall art, mason jar cookie kit and more. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. $10. Registration required: 637-6374. fflib.org.

Saturday Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Dec. 10 & 17. Children from birth to age 5 can sing, dance and hear stories. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3797.

Meet the Doula Chicks. 11 a.m. Hear about how a doula can help you before, during and after the birth of your baby. Simpson Family Wellness, 309 Kasson Road, No. 1, Camillus. Free. Registration recommended: (716) 532-1999.

Beauty and the Beast. 12:30 p.m. The Magic Circle Children’s Theatre presents an original, interactive version of the familiar story, in which children can help Beauty teach the Beast to be nicer and have good manners. Audience members are invited to dress up as a prince or princess. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse. $6. Reservations recommended: 449-3823.

Syracuse City Ballet Nutcracker. 1 & 6 p.m.; also Dec. 4. Syracuse City Ballet artists 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. $20-$75 (plus fees). 435-2121. ticketmaster.com.

Open Chess. 2-4 p.m.; also Dec. 10 & 31. Players of all levels can meet up with others for a game of chess. Boards provided, or bring your own. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. 435-3636.

December Cabaret. 2-4 p.m. Front Row Players, a theater program for adults of all abilities, perform songs from Beauty and the BeastGuys and Dolls, and more. Eastern Hills Bible Church, 4600 Enders Road, Manlius. Free. 663-8390. frontrowplayers.org.

Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m.; also Dec. 10 & 17. See an interactive presentation on a different aspect of science. This month’s topics include brains and chemistry. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.

Polar Express Pajama Party. 5:30-8:30 p.m.; also Dec. 17. Children, who are invited to wear pajamas, can take part in activities—including making whistles and crystal snowflakes—and visit with Santa. There will also be a 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. $4/person for party, in addition to movie tickets: $10/adults; $8/ages 2-11 and seniors age 65 and up. Reservations required: 425-9068. most.org.

Tree Lighting and Who-Bilation. 6-8 p.m. Come for the skit, songs, sack races and other activities; followed by a tree lighting. Also a pudding, fudge and cookie competition. Lakeshore Baptist Church, 6696 Lakeshore Road, Cicero. Free. 752-3134. Register for the competition: lbccny.org.

Sunday, Dec. 4

Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. See Dec. 3 listing.

Moto-Inventions. 1-2 p.m.; Sundays in December (closed Dec. 25). Tinker with recycled materials and electricity to make whirling, moving machines. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.

Teddy Bear Tea. 1-3 p.m. Children, adults and teddy bears 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. Persian Terrace, Marriott Syracuse Downtown (Hotel Syracuse), 100 E. Onondaga St., Syracuse. $25. Reservations required: 474-6064. everson.org.

Chemsations. 2 p.m.; also Dec. 18. 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.

Syracuse City Ballet Nutcracker. 2 p.m. See Dec. 3 listing.

Voices of Faith Choir Concert. 7 p.m. Carols and classical music with the Voices of Faith Choir and guest performers including West Genesee Brass and the John Spillett Jazz Duo. A holiday reception follows the concert. Holy Family Church, 127 Chapel Drive, Fairmount. Free will offering. 488-3139.

Monday, Dec. 5

WeDo Lego Robotics. 4-5:15 p.m. Kids in grades K-1 can work in teams of two to build and program a robot. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. fflib.org.

Craftastic Critters. 4:30-5:30 p.m.; also Dec. 12 & 19. Kids in preschool through grade 2 can drop into the Fab Lab and make a craft. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. fflib.org.

Yoga for Everyone. 6-7 p.m.; also Dec. 12 & 19. A class of gentle yoga for all. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

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@gmail.com.

Tuesday, Dec. 6

Signing Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Dec. 20. Children ages 3-6 can learn six to seven signs that correspond to the week’s story. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. fflib.org.

Family Coding. 3:30-5 p.m.; also Dec. 13. Families can together complete a hands-on coding challenge. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. fflib.org.

Drop In Craft and Storytime. 4:15-5 p.m.; also Dec. 13. Children ages 4-8 and their families can listen to stories and do crafts. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Chess Club. 6-7 p.m.; Tuesdays through Dec. 27. All ages and skill levels of player can play chess or receive instructions from local players to improve their game. Chess boards are provided. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. 435-5442.

Family Fun Night. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Listen to a Christmas story and music, and make some crafts. NOPL at North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. 458-6184. nopl.org.

Wednesday, Dec. 7

Read, Sing and Play Storytime. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also Dec. 14, 21 & 28. Toddlers and preschoolers hear stories, sing songs, recite rhymes and more. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1900.

Teen Photography Club. 3:30-5 p.m. Teens ages 13-18 can take part in a photography club shaped by their interests. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1900.

Sherlock Holmes Detectives. 4-5 p.m. School-aged kids can discuss a book and then do a related activity or experiment. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. fflib.org.

Open Sanctuary. 4-7 p.m.; also Dec. 14 & 21. Come to pray, meditate or just sit in peace in the sanctuary. Liverpool First Presbyterian Church, 603 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-3161.

Teen Geeks. 6-8 p.m.; also Dec. 14 & 21. Teens can hang out, eat snacks, and play a different game or do another activity at each week’s session. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Family Chess Night. 6 p.m. All ages of players can play chess or learn to play. Chess sets will be available. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

Thursday, Dec. 8

Drop In Crafts. 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Enjoy making seasonal crafts with provided materials. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Maker Club. 3:30-5 p.m. Children age 7 and up (under 10 must be accompanied by an adult) can fold an origami shape, then add a battery and LED to make it light up. NOPL at Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. Registration required: 699-2032. nopl.org.

Action Art. 4-4:30 p.m. School-aged children can make friendship paintings on Plexiglass. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. fflib.org.

Friday, Dec. 9

Home School Nature Series. 10 a.m.-noon. Homeschooled children ages 5-12 learn about watersheds and how their actions can affect the watershed they live in. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 Route 89, Savannah. $8/student. 365-3588. ny.audubon.org/montezuma.

Cookie Wars. 2:30 p.m. Teens can compete to decorate the best cookies; all cookies and supplies provided. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

Ornament Crafts. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Create an ornament. All ages. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration. 454-4524.

Holiday Hay Rides. 6:30-9 p.m.; also Dec. 10, 16 & 17. Families board horse-drawn wagons for rides through the decorated park, with visits with Santa and treats at the “North Pole.” Burnet Park, Coleridge Avenue at Burnet Park Drive, Syracuse. Free. 473-4330.

Harry Potter Magical Holiday Ball. 7 p.m. Dress like a Harry Potter character or come as you are and enjoy dancing, music, activities and giveaways. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Elf, The Musical, Jr. 7 p.m.; also Dec. 10, 11, 16, 17 & 18. A presentation of Syracuse Children’s Theatre. Mulroy Civic Center, 421 Montgomery St., Syracuse. $18.50/adults; $16.50/age 55-plus; $10/ages 3-12. To purchase tickets: sctkids.com.

Saturday, Dec. 10

Holidays with the Animals. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Watch as animals throughout the zoo receive “presents”—new toys that give them a chance to play and demonstrate natural behaviors. 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. 435-8511.

Toddlers’ Tango. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Toddlers and preschoolers can take part in this popular music and movement class. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: 454-4524.

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. $9-$19. 299-5598. cnyarts.org.

A Charlie Brown Christmas. 11 a.m.; also Dec. 11, 17, 18 & 31. In this puppet version of the popular television special, the Peanuts gang gets together to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas. Open Hand Theater, 518 Prospect Ave., Syracuse. $15-$17/adults; $10-$12/ages 3-18; free/age 2 and under. 476-0466.

Beauty and the Beast. 12:30 p.m. See Dec. 3 listing.

Ukelele Workshop. 1-2 p.m. Beginners age 12 and up can learn ukulele fundamentals from Pat Doherty. Participants should bring an instrument or call in advance to see if the library has one available. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Santa Saturday. 1-3:30 p.m. Enjoy the Festival of Trees, meet Santa, make a craft and have a snack. Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. $12/adults; $10/age 11 & under. 474-6064. everson.org.

College Essay Writing Workshop. 1-2:30 p.m. Molly Voorheis, a Syracuse University writing instructor, will help students at all stages of the essay-writing process. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 435-3636.

Elf, The Musical, Jr. 2 & 7 p.m.; also Dec. 11, 16, 17 & 18. See Dec. 9 listing.

Sensory Friendly Time at the MOST. 5:30-7 p.m. This chance for children with sensory processing disorders to experience the museum is also a Polar Express pajama party, with hot chocolate, activities and a 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 (7 p.m.) the IMAX sound is turned down. MOST (Museum of Science & Technology), 500 S. Franklin St., Syracuse. IMAX tickets: $10/adults; $8/ages 2-11 and senior citizens; cost for the party is $4 more per person. Reservations: 425-9068. most.org.

Holiday Hay Rides. 6:30-9 p.m.; also Dec. 16 & 17. See Dec. 9 listing.

Caroling in the Woods. 7-8:30 p.m. Pick up a lantern and a song sheet for this traditional event. Bring natural treats to hang for the birds and holiday cookies to share with fellow carolers. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. Free. 673-1350.

Sunday, Dec. 11

Free Sunday at the Sciencenter. Noon-5 p.m. Explore the Sciencenter’s interactive exhibits, including From Here to There, which focuses on how things move on land, sea and air. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission on Dec. 11: Free. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.

Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. 1 & 5 p.m. The international touring ballet company returns to Syracuse for its holiday performance. Mulroy Civic Center, 411 Montgomery St., Syracuse. $28-$175 (plus fees). 435-2121. ticketmaster.com.

Elf, The Musical, Jr. 2 & 7 p.m.; also Dec. 16, 17 & 18. See Dec. 9 listing.

Monday, Dec. 12

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Tuesday, Dec. 13

Yoga Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Kids ages 3 to 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: 637-6374. fflib.org.

Teen MOPS. 4-6 p.m. Pregnant women or 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. Call or text: 569-2542 or (518) 441-3690. LiverpoolTeenMOPS@gmail.com.

Family Fort Building. 7-8:30 p.m. Families can read under a blanket fort they build themselves. Bring your own stuff or use the library’s—including a flashlight. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Star Party. 7-10 p.m. See the Geminid meteor shower, a shower of asteroid debris, as well as bright stars and nebulae through telescopes. (Backup date: Dec. 14.) Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9/person. 673-1350.

Wednesday, Dec. 14

First Steps. 9:30 a.m. A storytime for children who are good walkers, up to age 3. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. fflib.org.

Sing, Learn, Sign for Babies. 10:30 a.m. Instruction in six basic signs to help you communicate with your baby before he or she learns to talk. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374. fflib.org.

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

Discovery Club. 4:15-5 p.m. Science enthusiasts can learn facts and conduct science experiments. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Thursday, Dec. 15

Free to Be. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Children ages 3-6 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. 637-6374. fflib.org.

Terrific Thursdays. 11 a.m.-noon. In a program for homeschooling students and families, children can learn how animals survive in winter. A Great Swamp Conservancy staffer will bring artifacts to examine and teach participants a survival game. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578.

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. 16

Toddler Dance Party. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Children age 18 months to 5 years can dance, play musical instruments, play with bubbles, and more. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 446-3578.

Holiday Hay Rides. 6:30-9 p.m.; also Dec. 17. See Dec. 9 listing.

Elf, The Musical, Jr. 7 p.m.; also Dec. 17 & 18. See Dec. 9 listing.

Saturday, Dec. 17

Paws to Read. 10-11:30 p.m. Children can read to one of three friendly dogs from Paws Inc. of CNY. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Elf, The Musical, Jr. 10 a.m., 2 & 7 p.m.; also Dec. 18. See Dec. 9 listing.

Gingerbread House Workshop. 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.; also Dec. 28. Children can make a gingerbread house. Erie Canal Museum, 318 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. $10. 471-0593.

Beauty and the Beast. 12:30 p.m. See Dec. 3 listing.

The McCarthy Family Holiday Concert. 1 p.m. Jim, Deirdre and Shane McCarthy will sing holiday favorites and play guitar, concertina, spoons and other instruments; for all ages. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. 435-3636.

Santa and Mrs. Claus. 2-4 p.m. Hear Merry Mischief perform, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus and have a candy cane. NOPL at Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. 699-2032. nopl.org.

The Nuttycracker. 3 p.m. A twist on the familiar Nutcracker story, with holiday tunes and varied forms of dance including ballet, tap and jazz. Presented by The Dance Studio CNY and Bogardus Performing Arts. Eagle Hill Middle School, 4645 Enders Road, Manlius. $9-$12. 922-3232. showtix4u.com.

Holiday Hay Rides. 6:30-9 p.m. See Dec. 9 listing.

Sunday, Dec. 18

Elf, The Musical, Jr. 2 p.m. See Dec. 9 listing.

Elf. 3-6 p.m. See the movie (starts at 4 p.m.) starring Will Ferrell as a human raised as one of Santa’s elves. Holiday activities and a visit with Santa take place before the movie. Presented by the Syracuse Department of Parks and Recreation. Landmark Theatre, 362 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 473-4330.

Monday, Dec. 19

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Tuesday, Dec. 20

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Wednesday, Dec. 21

WINTER BEGINS

First Day of Winter Scavenger Hunt. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; daily, during library hours, through Dec. 31. Clues throughout the library can lead hunters to prizes. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310. lpl.org.

Thursday, Dec. 22

Spoken Word for Teens. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Young people ages 12-18 can share their rap and spoken word poetry creations. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 435-1900. onlib.org/events/calendar.

Teen Gingerbread Houses. 6 p.m. Young people in grades 6-12 can build their own “gingerbread” houses using provided supplies. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: 454-4524.

Friday, Dec. 23

Full STEAM Ahead Storytime. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Children ages 3-5 can hear a story related to science, technology, engineering, art and math—and then do an experiment. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 446-3578.

Reindeer Games Escape Room. 1-5 p.m. Kids and their grown-ups can make their way through an escape room puzzle game. Groups require about 45 minutes to solve all the puzzles; those that arrive after 4:15 p.m. may not have time to solve everything. NOPL at Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. 699-2032. nopl.org.

Saturday, Dec. 24

HANUKKAH BEGINS

Beauty and the Beast. 12:30 p.m. See Dec. 3 listing.

Sunday, Dec. 25

CHRISTMAS

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Monday, Dec. 26

KWANZAA BEGINS

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Tuesday, Dec. 27

Game Day. 2 p.m. Play your favorite board or computer games. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

Battlebots. 2 p.m. Kids ages 8-14 can make a basic bristlebot and use it to battle in the mini-stadium. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: 454-4524.

Wednesday, Dec. 28

Gingerbread House Workshop. 11 a.m. See Dec. 17 listing.

Beauty and the Beast. 12:30 p.m. See Dec. 3 listing.

Craft and Cocoa. 2 p.m. Make decorative jars and relax with a cup of cocoa; for kids and teens. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

Fuze Coding and Maker Club. 2-3 p.m. Young people ages 11-14 can play with pixels using perler beads. Make stackable sheets to form 3D models; use templates or plan an original project. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. Registration required: 446-3578.

Make a Block Breaker Game. 2:30 p.m. Kids in grades 4-8 can make a block breaker game using Scratch programming language; bring a flash drive if you want to take your game home with you. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: 454-4524.

Teen Baking and Trivia. 6-8 p.m. Teens can learn to make pancakes, then they can eat them. Competitions will judge the work. Trivia takes place afterward. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310. lpl.org.

Thursday, Dec. 29

Craft and Cocoa. 2 p.m. Draw in chalk like the Impressionists; for children. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

December Daisies. 2 p.m. Students in grades 6-12 can learn how to make a colorful daisy-stitched bracelet. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: 454-4524.

Friday, Dec. 30

Zoo to You. 2-3 p.m. School-aged children will meet and learn about animals, birds and reptiles from a Rosamond Gifford Zoo educator. NOPL at Brewerton Library, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. Free. 676-7484.

The Shimmering Winter Sky. 6-7:30 p.m. Join a naturalist for an evening of star gazing. Bring a flashlight with a red filter. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $4/parking. 638-2519.

Saturday, Dec. 31

Noon Year’s Eve. 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Ring in the “noon” year with entertainment, a dance party 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. 435-8511.

Beauty and the Beast. 12:30 p.m. See Dec. 3 listing.

Sunday, Jan. 1

NEW YEAR’S DAY

See Ongoing Events

 

 

ONGOING EVENTS

Springside Farm Fall Activities. Fridays, 1-5 p.m.; Saturdays & Sundays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; through Oct. 31. Corn and grass mazes, ziplines, pedal cars, farm petting area, wagon rides, and more. New this year: human foosball court. Handicap and stroller accessible. Springside Farm, 1850 Route 91, Pompey. Admission: $7/person; $30/family maximum; free/age 2 and under. 683-5860. springsidefarm.net.

Plumpton Farms Fun. Daily, 9 a.m.-dusk. Visit the pumpkin patch and paint one or two; meet the barn friends; see the giant hayman; and enter the haunted house. Plumpton Farms, 3990 Coye Road, Jamesville. Free admission. 469-0027.

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

Weekend Walks With a Naturalist. Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. Nature discovery hike with different topics each weekend. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. Admission: $4/vehicle. 638-2519.

Horseback Riding. Through Oct. 30: Fridays-Sundays, 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, for age 8 and up. Reservations required 24 hours in advance: 289-3775.

Salt Museum. Through Oct. 9: Saturdays & Sundays, 1-6 p.m. Learn about the industry that created the city of Syracuse and supplied the nation with salt. See kettles, barrels and other gear used in the process that ended in the 1920s. Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. Free. 453-6712.

Great Swamp Conservancy Nature Trails. Daily, dawn to dusk. Throughout the year, visitors can grab their walking shoes and explore 4.5 miles of well-groomed, flat trails. Trails feature a 900-foot boardwalk, osprey nesting platform, and wetland and grassland restoration areas. The area is a stop for many migratory waterfowl and songbirds; other wildlife include muskrats and beavers. Great Swamp Conservancy, 3.5 miles off I-90, Exit 34, 8375 N. Main St., Canastota. Free. 697-2950.

Baltimore Woods Nature Center. Hiking trails and parking are free and open every day from dawn to dusk. Interpretive Center open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Sundays. 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. 673-1350.

Wegmans Playground. Boundless Playground for children (and parents) of all ages and abilities includes accessible swings, slides, bridge and more, including special section just for the tiniest tykes. Onondaga Lake Park, Route 370, Liverpool. Free. 451-PARK.

Barnes & Noble Storytimes. Thursdays, 10 a.m. Join a storytime for toddlers and preschoolers that’s features a book, songs and coloring. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

DeWitt Community Library. Library offers hundreds of free programs for parents and children. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. 446-3578.

Fayetteville Free Library Storytimes. (Excluding holidays.) First Steps: (Wednesdays, 9:30-10 a.m.) for good walkers up to age 3. Sing, Learn, Sign for Babies: (Wednesdays, 10:30-11 a.m.) for babies, with instruction in six basic signs to use before children can talk. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374.

Maxwell Library Storytimes. Storytimes and book groups for all ages. Call for dates and times. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. 672-3661.

Northeast Community Center Library Storytimes. Preschool storytimes with rhymes and occasional games; youngsters learn group listening and participation skills. Call for times. Northeast Community Center Library, 716 Hawley Ave., Syracuse. Free. 472-6343, Ext. 208.

NOPL at Brewerton Storytimes. Age 3 and older: Mondays, 10:30-11 a.m. NOPL at Brewerton Library, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. Free. 676-7484.

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

NOPL at North Syracuse Library Storytimes. Birth-age 3: Wednesdays, 10-11:15 a.m. Ages 4-7: Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon. Daycare Storytime: Fridays, 10-10:30 a.m. NOPL at North Syracuse Library, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 458-6184.

Onondaga Free Library Storytimes. Mother Goose Time: Tuesdays, 11 a.m. (for children age 2 and younger). Family Storytime: Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m. (for children age 2 and up). Toddler Storytime: Wednesdays, 10:15 a.m. (for ages 2-3). Preschool Storytime: Thursdays, 11 a.m. (for ages 3-5). Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. 492-1727.

Petit Branch Library Storytimes. Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Toddler and preschooler storytime for children ages 18 months-5 years and caregivers. Includes stories, rhymes, finger plays and songs. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. 435-3636.

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

 

ATTRACTIONS

Corning Museum of Glass. 1 Corning Glass Center, Corning. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $18/adults; free/age 17 and under. (607) 937-5371. Ongoing: You Design It, We Make It: Glassblowers choose from among designs submitted by young visitors and create that work on the spot.

Erie Canal Museum. 318 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; closed holidays. $5 suggested. 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. 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. Starting Oct. 6, open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Museum admission: $12/adults; $10/seniors and ages 2-15. IMAX admission only: $10/adults; $8/senior citizens and ages 2-15; (473-IMAX). Through Jan. 8: Nature’s Machines: Biomechanics. 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.

 

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