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

Saturday, Jan. 27

Alice in Wonderland. 12:30 p.m. The Magic Circle Children’s Theatre presents an interactive version of the tale, in which children in the audience help Alice play croquet with the Queen, color the roses red, and join in the Wonderland fun. Children are invited to dress as their favorite fairy tale character. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse. $6. Reservations recommended: (315) 449-3823.

Sunday, Jan. 28

Immaculate Conception Open House. 10-11:30 a.m.; also Feb. 1. Learn about the school for children from pre-K through grade 6. Immaculate Conception Elementary School, 400 Salt Springs St., Fayetteville. (315) 637-3961. icschool.org.

Most Holy Rosary Open House. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Learn about the pre-K through grade 6 programs at this Catholic school. Most Holy Rosary School, 1031 Bellevue Ave., Syracuse. (315) 476-6035. mhrsyr.org.

St. Margaret’s Open House. Noon-2 p.m. Learn about programs at the Catholic school, including a gifted and talented program for grades 3-6. St. Margaret’s School, 201 Roxboro Road, Mattydale. (315) 455-5791. Stmargaretschool.org.

Monday, Jan. 29

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Tuesday, Jan. 30

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Wednesday, Jan. 31

Kindergarten Information Night. 7-8 p.m. Parents with children entering kindergarten in September 2018 can learn about this Catholic school. Most Holy Rosary School, 1031 Bellevue Ave., Syracuse. (315) 476-6035. mhrsyr.org.

Thursday, Feb. 1

Teen Writer’s Guild. 4-5 p.m. Middle or high school students can participate in writing workshops that emphasize constructive feedback, brainstorming and support. Writers in all genres, from poetry to nonfiction essays, are welcome. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Immaculate Conception Open House. 4-6 p.m. See Jan. 28 listing.

Maker Club. 5:15 p.m.; also Feb. 8 & 15. All month, kids age 5 and up can make items related to Black History Month. At each session, make something different: an African necklace, tribal masks, and a spirit drum. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Bishop Grimes Open House. 5:30-7 p.m. Learn about programs at the Catholic high school. Bishop Grimes Jr./Sr. High School, 6653 Kirkville Road, East Syracuse. (315) 314-7157. bishopgrimes.org.

Holy Family Open House. 6-8 p.m. Learn more about this Catholic school. Holy Family School, 130 Chapel Drive, Syracuse. (315) 487-8515. holyfamilyschoolsyr.org.

Friday, Feb. 2

Drop-In Craft Time. 2-3 p.m. Kids age 3 and up and caregivers can make a simple craft. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. (315) 699-2032.

Popcorn Fridays. 3:30-4:30 p.m.; also Feb. 9, 16 & 23. Young people ages 12-18 can watch anime, play games and eat popcorn. Central Library, TeenSpace, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Teen Open Homework Hour. 3:30-5 p.m.; also Feb. 9 & 16. Young people ages 13-19 can come by for homework help and healthy snacks. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Saturday, Feb. 3

Bishop Grimes Scholarship/Entrance Exam. 7:45 a.m. Bishop Grimes Jr./Sr. High School, 6653 Kirkville Road, East Syracuse. Preregistration recommended: (315) 314-7157. bishopgrimes.org.

Make Marble Roller Coasters. 10 a.m.-noon. Kids in preschool and up can use pipe insulation, tape and other supplies to make and test a roller coaster for marbles. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. Registration requested: (315) 699-2032. nopl.org.

Preschool Information Fair. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Representatives from local preschools will provide information about their programs to families. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

The Melodic Life. 10:30 a.m. Kids and parents can enjoy a Symphoria performance that traces the life of Bob, a lighthearted melody. Inspiration Hall, 709 James St., Syracuse. $15/adults; $10/senior citizens; free/age 18 and under. (315) 299-5598. ExperienceSymphoria.org.

Paws to Read. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also Feb. 10, 17 & 24. 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.

Pups ‘n Pages. 11 a.m.-noon; also Feb. 17. All ages of participants can come read to one of the Go Team Therapy Dogs or just hang out. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. (315) 699-2032. nopl.org.

Tails to Tell. 11 a.m.; also Feb. 17. Children ages 5-12 can read to a furry friend trained by Paws of CNY. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Alice in Wonderland. 12:30 p.m. See Jan. 27 listing.

Rice Creek Ramble. 11 a.m.; also Feb. 10 & 17. People of all ages (kids under 17 must be accompanied by an adult) can go on an informative, family-friendly walk. Rice Creek Field Station, 193 Thompson Road, 1 mile south of SUNY Oswego’s main campus, Oswego. Call to check trail conditions the morning of the hike: (315) 312-6677. oswego.edu/ricecreek.

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.

African Mask Making. 2 p.m. Children ages 6-10 can learn about masks and then make their own. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 435-3636.

Graphic Novel and Comic Book Club. 2 p.m. Young people ages 11-18 can talk about this month’s selection, Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet. After the discussion, participants can work on their own graphic novels. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Technology Camp. 2 p.m.; also Feb. 10, 17 & 24. Young people ages 8-18 can learn about different tech topics, including coding, robotics and gaming with tablets. 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: a car powered using chemistry; wind and weather; the Future Science Leader youth program; scientific research; and chemical reactions. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/ages 2-64; $7/seniors, age 65-plus; free/under 2. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.

Literary Legos. 3 p.m.; also Feb. 10, 17 & 24. Children age 6 and up can break out the Legos and hear a story for inspiration. Central Library, KidSpace, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Sunday, Feb. 4

Cinderella. 1:30-3:30 p.m. All ages can enjoy Rag Tag Theatre’s version of “Cinderella,” with themes of inner beauty and staying true to who you are. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Chemsations. 2 p.m.; also Feb. 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.

Monday, Feb. 5

Rhyme Times. 10:30 a.m. Children from infants to age 2 (siblings of all ages welcome) can, with a caregiver, learn songs and nursery rhymes, followed by free play. 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 play Wii games 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.; also Feb. 12 & 26. Children ages 5-12 can make a craft. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. (315) 672-3661. maxwellmemoriallibrary.org.

Tuesday, Feb. 6

Wiggleworms Storytime. 10 a.m.; also Feb. 13, 20 & 27. Children from infants to age 5, accompanied by caregivers, can practice the skills they’ll need for school success at a special storytime. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Terrific Tuesdays. 4-7:30 p.m.; also Feb. 13, 20 & 27. Children of all ages and their families can drop in, read together, play a board game, make a craft or engage in other activities. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. (315) 672-3661. maxwellmemoriallibrary.org.

Black History Month Celebration. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Kids age 5 and up with a caregiver can learn about some influential African Americans and help make a poster to hang in the library. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. (315) 458-6184. nopl.org.

Multiple Moms Mingle. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monthly meeting of mothers and expectant mothers of multiples. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse. For more details and to reserve if you wish to attend: multiplemomsmingle.com.

Wednesday, Feb. 7

First Steps. 9:30 a.m.; also Feb. 14, 21 & 28. 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 Feb. 14, 21 & 28. 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 a.m.; also Feb. 14, 21 & 28. All ages can enjoy a storytime and play session. Central Library, KidSpace, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Teen Geeks. 6-8 p.m.; also Feb. 21. Teens can play board games in the first session of the month and video games in the second. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Thursday, Feb. 8

Home School Nature Series. 9:30-11:30 a.m. Homeschooled students ages 5-12, accompanied by a chaperone or parent, can join wildlife biologists to band ducks and gather data about winter waterfowl populations. Dress for the outdoors. Event is weather dependent. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 Route 89, Savannah. $8/student. (315) 365-3588. ny.audubon.org/montezuma.

Preschool Book Club. 10:30 a.m.; also Feb. 15 & 22. 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.

Trail Tales. 1 p.m. Children ages 3-5 can hear a naturalist read two stories, then go on a group hike tied to the stories. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $4/parking. (315) 638-2519.

Trading Card Games. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Young people ages 12-18 can join TCG Player for an afternoon of games and prizes. Central Library, TeenSpace, 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. (315) 435-3636.

Xbox in the Evening. 5 p.m. Young people ages 11-18 can play on the Xbox One and have snacks and beverages. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Friday, Feb. 9

Time for Tots Playgroup. 9:30-10:45 a.m.; also Feb. 23. Education playgroup for children ages 18 months-5 years and their caregiver. Stories, songs, arts and crafts, and more. Cross of Christ Lutheran Church, 8131 Soule Road, Liverpool. $3/family. Registration recommended: (315) 622-2843. NYCrossofChrist.org/Tots.

Saturday, Feb. 10

Book and Bake Sale. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Baked goods, and used books, DVDs, audiobooks, puzzles, CDs and more will be for sale. Northern Onondaga Public Library at Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free admission / 9:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.; $2/1:30-3 p.m., with bags sold at event. (315) 699-2032. nopl.org.

Paws and Books. 10:30 a.m.; also Feb. 24. Kids ages 5-12 can read a story to Cooper, a dog certified as a Canine Good Citizen. Afterward, they can stay to make a dog-related craft. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Hansel and Gretel. 11 a.m. This performance by puppets asks how a little witch with a sweet tooth became a big, bad witch. Open Hand Theater, Shoppingtown Mall, Suite No. 3, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. $5. (315) 476-0466. openhandtheater.org.

Alice in Wonderland. 12:30 p.m. See Jan. 27 listing.

African Drumming and Dancing. 3 p.m. Kids ages 5-19 will learn traditional African drumming and dancing with an instructor from Wacheva Cultural Arts. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Sunday, Feb. 11

Sweet Treats. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. A variety of animals will receive heart-shaped treats including popsicles made with juice and fruits, meat patties and more. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission: $4/adults; $2.50/seniors; $2/ages 3-18; free/age 2 & younger. (315) 435-8511.

Montessori Open House. 2-4 p.m. Find out about the school that serves ages 3 through 12 with its preschool and elementary education based on Montessori philosophy and methods. Montessori School of Syracuse, 155 Waldorf Parkway, DeWitt. (315) 449-9033. mssyr.org.

New School Open House. 2-4 p.m. Explore options at the independent K-8 school. The New School, 5205 Jamesville Road, DeWitt. (315) 475-6453. newschoolsyracuse.org.

Monday, Feb. 12

Art Project. 3:15 p.m. Children ages 5-12 can take part in a trivia game about significant African-American women in history, then make a work of art. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Tuesday, Feb. 13

Yoga Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Feb. 27. Children ages 3-6 take part in a full-body experience that incorporates yoga poses, breathing exercises, songs and more. Mats are provided; socks must be worn. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. ffl.org.

Teen MOPS. 4-6 p.m.; also Feb. 27. 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.

YA Graphic Novel Book Club. 6-7 p.m. Young people this month will read and discuss Black Panther Vol. 1. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. (315) 699-2032. nopl.org.

Wednesday, Feb. 14

Happy Birthday, Frederick Douglass. 3:30 p.m. Children age 5 and up can make crafts and take part in activities to honor the 200th birthday of the anti-slavery activist and writer. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

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

Thursday, Feb. 15

Terrific Thursdays. 11 a.m. Homeschooled students in K-grade 12 and accompanying adults can find out all about recycling with OCRRA’s Theresa Evans. Learn what happens to recyclables once they leave the curb. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. Registration required: CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.

Teen Book Club. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Young people ages 12-18 will read F.C. Yee’s The Epic Crush of Genie Lo and discuss the book. Central Library, TeenSpace, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Friday, Feb. 16

Toddler Dance Party. 10:30 a.m. Children ages 18 months-5 years can come play musical instruments, enjoy bubbles, and dance their sillies out. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.

Community Reading with the Pinkney Family. 2-3 p.m. Marcelle Haddix of Syracuse University hosts a session that focuses on the stories of the Pinkney Family, an African-American family who turned children’s books into the family business. Open to all ages. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Saturday, Feb. 17

Junior Café Scientifique. 9:30-11 a.m. The Technology Alliance of Central New York presents a talk on the subject of the history of oxygen on Earth. 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.

Winter Hibernation Festival. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Numerous activities and displays: cross-country skiing (age 5 and up); horse-drawn sleigh rides; hibernation bear cave; sledding; marshmallow roasting; and more. Great Swamp Conservancy, 3.5 miles off I-90, Exit 34, 8375 N. Main St., Canastota. $4/adults; $2/under 12; $8/family. (315) 697-2950. greatswampconservancy.org.

Mad Hatter Tea Party. 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Enjoy a fantastical Alice in Wonderland-themed event, with finger foods, fruits, punch and teas; and games with the Queen of Hearts. Meet animal ambassadors as well. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. $20/event plus admission. Registration required: (315) 435-8511, Ext. 113.

Parent and Me Craft Class. 11 a.m. Kids ages 5-10 and a caregiver can work on a creative project together. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. Registration required: CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.

Alice in Wonderland. 12:30 p.m. See Jan. 27 listing.

Snowshoes, Stars and Stories. 7-9 p.m. People age 7 and up can take a hike through the woods to a cabin and a fire, drink hot cocoa, and hear stories. Snowshoes provided. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. (315) 673-1350. baltimorewoods.org.
Sunday, Feb. 18

Ice Carving. Noon-2 p.m.; also Feb. 19, 24 & 25. Ice artisan Adam Vural creates sculptures. Part of Syracuse Winterfest. Next to Clinton Square Ice Rink, 100 W. Water St., Syracuse. Free. Syracuse
winterfest.com.

Monday, Feb. 19

Winter Wonders Week. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; daily through Feb. 23. Various special break-week activities, including a chance to try snowshoeing (weather permitting, Feb. 19 & 21 at 10 a.m.), build a snow cave (Feb. 23, 10 a.m.), learn about winter animals (daily, 1:30 p.m.); and more. All activities are weather dependent. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $4/vehicle. $5/hour snowshoe rental. (315) 638-2519.

Geek Girl Day. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Girls in grades 3-5 can learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics with hands-on projects. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Ice Carving. Noon-2 p.m.; also Feb. 24 & 25. See Feb. 18 listing.

Cocoa and Crafts. 3 p.m. Kids ages 6-12 can make a craft and drink some hot cocoa. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. Registration required: CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.

Homeschooling 101 for Parents. 7-8 p.m. Parents of homeschoolers can learn about different topics. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required: lpl.org.

Tuesday, Feb. 20

Create a Board Game. 2-3 p.m. Kids ages 8-12 can create a board game from their own designs, using provided materials. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. (315) 458-6184. nopl.org.

STEAM at Petit. 2-4 p.m.; also Feb. 21, 22, 23 & 24. Every day, kids can take part in a different activity, from making slime to building a structure using gumdrops and toothpicks. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636.

Adinkra Symbols. 2 p.m. Children age 5 and up will create their own version of the symbols by making stamps out of various craft materials. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Chocolate Makes the World Go Round. 2 p.m. All ages can learn about chocolate around the world. Central Library, KidSpace, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 435-1900.

Make Your Own Playdough. 2:30 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 can make playdough from scratch. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Game On. 3 p.m. Young people in grades 3-8 can bring their friends and play board and video games and on the library’s Wii and iPads. Refreshments served. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.

Engineer’s Week. 3 p.m.; also Feb. 21, 22 & 23. Children ages 8-12 will learn about levers, build with Legos, and play with technology all week. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Teen Theater Group. 6-7 p.m. Teens can join in improvisation games and read through scenes from plays. No audience is present. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. (315) 699-2032. nopl.org.

Wednesday, Feb. 21

Teddy Bear Clinic. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Children of all ages can bring a stuffed animal for a checkup. “Veterinarians” will give the stuffed animal a checkup and offer first aid if necessary. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission: $4/adults; $2.50/seniors; $2/ages 3-18; free/age 2 & younger. (315) 435-8511.

Alice in Wonderland. 12:30 p.m. See Jan. 27 listing.

Family Afternoon. 1-3 p.m. Make a yarn painting, create with clay, or watch a handbuilding demonstration by an artist. Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. Admission: Pay what you wish. (315) 474-6064.

Balloon Show. 2-3 p.m. Jeff the Magic Man does comedy, tells stories and performs balloon puppetry in a one-of-kind show. NOPL Brewerton, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. Free. (315) 676-7484. nopl.org.

Chain Reactions. 2 p.m. Children age 5 and up can work together to create a Rube Goldberg-style chain reaction machine. Central Library, KidSpace, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Winter Olympic Games. 2:30 p.m. Children ages 5-12 can engage in indoor games, making and racing mini bobsleds; trying ice skating in socks; and creating their own gold medals. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Thursday, Feb. 22

Escape Room. 9:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Kids age 9 and up can solve puzzles and find the stone in this Harry Potter-themed escape room. One-hour sessions at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 5 p.m. Teen-only session at 6:30 p.m. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. Registration required: (315) 699-2032. nopl.org.

STEAM Camp. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Students in grades 6-8 can take part in a co-ed day of fun, hands-on experiments and activities. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

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.

Creative Poetry. 2 p.m. Inspired by renowned black authors, kids age 8 and up will write poetry in various forms and make artwork as well. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Snowflake Bentley. 2 p.m. Kids age 5 and up can join a staffer from Baltimore Woods Nature Center to discover if any two snowflakes are alike. Dress warmly for a walk outdoors. Central Library, KidSpace, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Snowshoe Adventure. 2 p.m. People age 10 and up (who must bring their own snowshoes) can trek around the library grounds and then go inside for a snack. Adults are encouraged to snowshoe with their kids. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.

Moonlight Skiing and Snowshoeing. Until 9 p.m.; through Feb. 25. Venture onto Beaver Lake’s 10 miles of trails (if the snow cover is adequate) lit by the moon. Hot chocolate and other refreshments available at the visitor center. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. Admission: $4/vehicle. (315) 638-2519.

Friday, Feb. 23

Geek Guy Day. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Boys in grades 3-5 can learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics with hands-on projects. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Drive-In Movie. 10:30 a.m. Enjoy an indoor “drive-in” movie experience with a car you make out of a cardboard box; for kids ages 3-10. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. Registration required: CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.

Guided Moonlight Snowshoe Hike. 7 p.m. Explore the woodlands and frozen marshes on snowshoes with a guide; space limited. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $3/snowshoe rental; $4/vehicle. Registration required day of hike: (315) 638-2519.

Saturday, Feb. 24

Rice Creek Story Hour. 11 a.m. Elementary-age children (kids must be accompanied by a caregiver) can hear tales of nature and animals’ wild ways. Rice Creek Field Station, 193 Thompson Road, 1 mile south of SUNY Oswego’s main campus, Oswego. (315) 312-6677. oswego.edu/ricecreek.

Be the Scientist. Noon-4 p.m. Explore the activities of a flight engineer. 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.

Ice Carving. Noon-2 p.m.; also Feb. 25. See Feb. 18 listing.

Alice in Wonderland. 12:30 p.m. See Jan. 27 listing.

Sun Party. 1-3 p.m. Observe the sun through specially filtered solar telescopes and get a look at sunspots, flairs and eruptions. (Backup date: Feb. 25.) Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. (315) 673-1350. baltimorewoods.org.

Sunday, Feb. 25

Model Train Show. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Operating train layouts and displays, the whole Thomas the Train gang, and dealers selling train items. Presented by the Syracuse Model Railroad Club. Eastwood American Legion Post 1276, James Street and Nichols Avenue, Syracuse. $4/adult; $2/age 12 and under; $12/family max. (315) 706-7580. syracusemodelrr.org.

Ice Carving. Noon-2 p.m. See Feb. 18 listing.

Monday, Feb. 26

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Tuesday, Feb. 27

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Wednesday, Feb. 28

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ONGOING EVENTS

Horsedrawn Sleigh (or Hay) Rides. Saturdays & Sundays, 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; through Feb. 25. Also 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.

CNY Scholastic Art Awards. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., weekdays; 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturdays & Sundays; Jan. 12-March 2. (Closed Jan. 15.) See over 1,000 award-winning artworks by CNY junior and senior high school students. Whitney Applied Technology Center, Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. For group visits: email recruitment@sunyocc.edu or call (315) 498-2221.

Prenatal Yoga. Fridays, 9 a.m., Center of Grace, 8219 Market Place, Manlius. Sundays, 11 a.m., Sky Yoga & Wellness, 42 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles. Calming class leads participants through gentle flow and breath work in postures adapted to the pregnant body. All levels welcome. $15/session. buddhafulbelliescny.com.

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., Jan. 8-Feb. 19: Babies & Books (birth to 18 months). Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., Jan. 9-Feb. 20: Story Play (birth to age 5). Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., Jan. 10-Feb. 21: Toddler Time (18-36 months). Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., Jan. 11-Feb. 22: 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 3-5: Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon. Daycare Storytime: Fridays, 10-10:30 a.m. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. Registration requested: (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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