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

Friday, Aug. 25

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (exhibits); through Sept. 4. The fair features thousands of animals, hundreds of commercial attractions, scores of rides and countless styles of deep fried food. Also see the works of New York artists and crafters. New York State Fairgrounds, Syracuse. Admission: $10/general; free/age 12 and younger. $3/Thursdays. $1/Aug. 23 & Sept. 4. Parking: $5. (800) 475-FAIR. nysfair.org.

Saturday, Aug. 26

Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville Grand Opening. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The library formerly known as the DeWitt Community Library reopens with a celebration at its new location, including games, giveaways and entertainment for all ages. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. (315) 446-3578.

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (exhibits); through Sept. 4. See Aug. 25 listing.

KidsFest with Joey Alexander. 11 a.m. Jazz prodigy Joey Alexander, age 14, talks about his story and performs. First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles. $5/adults; free/under 18. (315) 685-7418. skanfest.org.

Snow White. 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 the Dwarves save Snow White from the silly Queen, who only cares about “being beautiful.” Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse. $6. Reservations recommended: (315) 449-3823.

Sunday, Aug. 27

Inner Harbor Peace Runs. 8:30 a.m. 2K race starts at 8:30 a.m.; 5K race at 9 a.m. Other activities include: bouncy house, ice cream, meet Otto the Orange, and more. Sponsored by It’s About Childhood & Family Inc. Syracuse Inner Harbor, West Kirkpatrick and Rensselaer streets, Syracuse. $25/5K; free/2K. (315) 382-0541. iacaf.org.

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (exhibits); through Sept. 4. See Aug. 25 listing.

Monday, Aug. 28

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (exhibits); through Sept. 4. See Aug. 25 listing.

Tuesday, Aug. 29

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (exhibits); through Sept. 4. See Aug. 25 listing.

Wednesday, Aug. 30

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (exhibits); through Sept. 4. See Aug. 25 listing.

Back to School DIY. 2p.m. Use a variety of craft materials to make pencil pouches, book covers and more. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Teen 8 Bit Perler Design. 6-8 p.m. Teens in grades 6-12 can learn how to make perler designs or create their own. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required: lpl.org.

Thursday, Aug. 31

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (exhibits); through Sept. 4. See Aug. 25 listing.

Friday, Sept. 1

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (exhibits); through Sept. 4. See Aug. 25 listing.

Wii and Game Fun. 3:30 p.m.; also Sept. 8, 15, 22 & 29. Kids age 5 and up can test their skills on the Nintendo Wii and play board games while they wait. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Popcorn Fridays. 3:30-4:30 p.m.; also Sept. 8, 15, 22 & 29. Young people ages 12-18 can eat popcorn and play games in the teen space. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Saturday, Sept. 2

Fun with Plants. 10 a.m.-noon. Dissect fruits and flowers, then make your own chia pet to take home; for preschoolers and older, as well as curious adults. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. Registration required: (315) 699-2032. nopl.org.

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (exhibits); through Sept. 4. See Aug. 25 listing.

Snow White. 12:30 p.m. See Aug. 26 listing.

Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m.; Saturdays. An interactive presentation explores different aspects of science each week. This month’s topics include: biomedical engineering; citizen science; chemistry; and art and archeology. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/ages 2-64; $7/seniors, age 65-plus; free/under 2. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.

Sunday, Sept. 3

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (exhibits); through Sept. 4. See Aug. 25 listing.

Monday, Sept. 4

LABOR DAY

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. See Aug. 25 listing.

Multiple Moms Mingle. 6 p.m. Monthly meeting of mothers and expectant mothers of multiples. Tully’s, 2943 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. Reserve if you wish to attend: multiplemomsmingle.com.

Tuesday, Sept. 5

Yoga Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Sept. 19. Kids ages 3-6 and parents can learn yoga and literacy skills in a session that features puppets, stories, songs and breathing exercises. Participants must wear socks; mats provided. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. ffl.org.

Mother Goose Time. 11 a.m.; Tuesdays. Children age 2 and under, with caregivers, can play at the library with toys, blocks, felt board activities and more. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. (315) 492-1727.

3D Modeling for Beginners. 2-3 p.m. Participants age 12 and up can learn the concepts behind computer aided design and find out how to make their ideas into reality. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Tails to Tell. 3:30 p.m.; also Sept. 12, 19 & 26. Kids ages 5-12 can read a story to a dog from Paws of CNY. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Java Coding for Kids. 4 p.m.; first of three-part series. Students in grades 3-5 can learn how to do simple Java coding. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. ffl.org.

Wednesday, Sept. 6

First Steps. 9:30 a.m.; also Sept. 13, 20 & 27. Children who are good walkers, up to age 3, can with a caregiver take part in a program with music, movement, crafts and more. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Pre-K Storytime. 10 a.m.; also Sept. 13, 20 & 27. Early readers can practice literacy skills with music, rhymes, movement and stories. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Family Storytime. 10 a.m.; Wednesdays. Children ages 2-6, accompanied by caregivers, can hear stories, sing songs, make crafts and more. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. (315) 492-1727.

Baby Storytime with Signs. 10:30 a.m.; also Sept. 13, 20 & 27. Babies and caregivers can take part in a language-building program that teaches and reinforces six basic signs. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Read, Sing, Play Storytime. 10:30-11 a.m.; also Sept. 13, 20 & 27. Children from birth to age 5, accompanied by an adult, can enjoy a fun storytime. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

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

Early Learners Storytime. 11 a.m.-noon; also Sept. 13, 20 & 27. Children ages 2-4, accompanied by an adult, can enjoy and learn from stories, rhymes, songs and crafts. Salina Free Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. (315) 454-4524.

Lego Robotics. 1-3 p.m. Children ages 9-12 work in teams to make Lego blocks move, dance and drive using basic computer skills. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required: lpl.org.

Back to Homeschool Party. 1:30-3 p.m. Parents and students can check out homeschooling resources and take part in games and activities. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Teen Geeks. 6-8 p.m.; also Sept. 20. Teens can hang out, eat snacks, and play a game or do another activity at each week’s session. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Words and Music Songwriter Workshop. 6:30-8:30 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, Sept. 7

Home School Nature Series. 10 a.m.-noon. Homeschooled children ages 5-12 can join wildlife biologists as they band ducks and gather data to learn more about waterfowl populations. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 Route 89, Savannah. $8/student. (315) 365-3588. ny.audubon.org/montezuma.

Stretching Food Dollars. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Learn about healthy eating on a budget, with nutrition educator Holly Adams. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Free to Be. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Children ages 3-6 (younger siblings welcome) can take part in this early childhood music and acting class with live guitar music, creating unique lyrics. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Family Storytime. 11 a.m.; Thursdays. Children ages 2-6, accompanied by caregivers, can hear stories, sing songs, make crafts and more. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. (315) 492-1727.

Teen Writer’s Guild. 4-5 p.m.; also Sept. 14, 21 & 28. Join fellow teens to write in any of a variety of genres, receive feedback and get support. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. ffl.org.

Craft Club. 5:15 p.m.; also Sept. 14 & 21. Kids age 5 and up can discover new ways to make unique items with a variety of materials. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Pajama Storytime. 6 p.m. Children ages 2-4 can come in pajamas and bring a stuffed friend for a storytime with songs, snacks and a craft. Siblings are welcome. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Emergency Preparedness. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Learn how to respond to a natural or man-made disaster. Find out how to draw up a family action plan and devise a strategy for stocking up on supplies. Sponsored by Liverpool Public Library. Runnings of Clay, 3949 Route 31, Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required: lpl.org.

Homeschooling 101 for Parents. 7-8:30 p.m. Homeschooling parents meet and talk about preparing a high school transcript and getting ready for college. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Friday, Sept. 8

Time for Tots Playgroup. 9:30-10:45 a.m.; also Sept. 22. 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.

Toddlers’ Tango. 10:15 & 11 a.m. Children ages 1-5 can play with instruments, sing and dance. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 492-1727.

David’s Refuge Fundraiser. 7-10 p.m. An evening of food and drink, with emcee Skip Clark, raises money for the nonprofit that devotes itself to “caring for the caregiver.” Beak & Skiff 1911 Cafe and Tasting Room, 2708 Lords Hill Road, LaFayette. $125/person. (315) 682-4204. davidsrefuge.org.

Saturday, Sept. 9

Golden Harvest Festival. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; also Sept. 10. Highlights of the festival include: arts and crafts, live music, storytelling, and a petting zoo. Homemade seasonal foods and beverages for sale. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. Admission: $5/adult; $1/ages 6-17; free/age 5 & under. (315) 638-2519.

Central New York Tomatofest. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; also Sept. 10. Join the celebration of tomato season’s end—with crafts for sale, activities for kids, and more. Various locations in downtown Auburn. Children’s entertainment located at Auburn Public Theater, 8 Exchange St. Proceeds benefit local food pantries. Free admission; fee for some activities. (315) 729-1548. cnytomatofest.org.

Paws and Books. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also Sept. 23. Children ages 5-12 can read a story to Cooper, a trained, lovable dog certified as a Canine Good Citizen. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

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

Fishing Class. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Kids of all ages can learn how to fish with Mike McGrath. Live bait and lures will be used; bait and tackle are provided. Those over age 16 must have a valid New York state fishing license. Lake Neatahwanta pier, Route 3, Fulton. Free. mmcgrath2@twcny.com. srybaak@yahoo.com.

Snow White. 12:30 p.m. See Aug. 26 listing.

Technology Camp. 2 p.m.; also Sept. 16, 23 & 30. Kids age 8 and up can learn about a variety of topics including circuits, robotics and coding. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Open Chess. 2-4 p.m.; also Sept. 16, 23 & 30. Players of all levels can meet up with others and play with provided boards, or bring their own. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636.

Teens Tin Can Banjo Project. 2 p.m. Learn about the anatomy and history of the banjo, and make a simple two-string instrument, complete with tuners. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 435-3636.

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

Sunday, Sept. 10

Golden Harvest Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. See Sept. 9 listing.

Central New York Tomatofest. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. See Sept. 9 listing.

Jewish Music and Cultural Festival. Noon-5:30 p.m. Ethnic music, children’s activities, and an abundance of kosher foods featuring Middle Eastern and Eastern European favorites. Jewish Community Center of Syracuse, 5655 Thompson Road, DeWitt. Free admission. (315) 445-2040, Ext. 114. SyracuseJewishFestival.org.

Monday, Sept. 11

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

Paws to Read. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Any child who wants to work on reading can join therapy dog Mollie; each reading session lasts 15 minutes. Salina Free Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524.

Monday Funday. 5 p.m. Children ages 5-10 can come make a craft each week. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. Registration preferred: (315) 672-3661.

Anime Club. 4 p.m.; also Sept. 25. Participants will watch episodes of an anime series, talk about manga and comics, share fan art, and more. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. ffl.org.

Tips for Low-Intervention Birth. 6 p.m. Pregnant women can learn what an intervention is and how to prevent unnecessary ones in a hospital setting. Presented by CNY Doula Connection. CNY Healing Arts, 195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse. Free. Registration recommended: (315) 395-3643.

Tuesday, Sept. 12

Signing Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Sept. 26. 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. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Teen Cooking. 4-5 p.m. Teens can make cookie dough that you can eat without having to bake it. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. (315) 458-6184. nopl.org.

Teen MOPS. 4-6 p.m.; also Sept. 26. 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.

Tween Scene. 5 p.m. Students ages 10-14 can engage in an activity, whether a craft, game, project or open mike. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. Registration preferred: (315) 672-3661.

Wednesday, Sept. 13

Lego Club. 4-5 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 can build with Legos. Salina Free Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524.

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.

Pokemon. 6:30 p.m. Children in grade 3 and up, of all skill levels, can bring their own decks and engage in this game of strategy. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration requested: (315) 492-1727.

Thursday, Sept. 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.

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.

Preschool Book Club. 1:30 p.m. Children ages 3-5, accompanied by an adult, can read a book with other participants and talk about what’s happening in the book. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. Registration preferred: (315) 672-3661.

Teen Trading Card Game Day. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Young people ages 12-18 can join TCG Player, a local company, for an afternoon of games and prizes. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Teen Writing and Drawing Group. 3:30-5 p.m. Meetings will include writing or drawing in response to a prompt, group games, sharing work, and receiving feedback from peers. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 435-3636.

Creation Station. 6 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 can make their own pencil case out of duct tape; all supplies provided. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Friday, Sept. 15

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

Music and Stories with Donna B. 10:30 a.m. Donna Butterfield leads children age 3 and up in songs, dancing and stories. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration requested: (315) 492-1727.

La Festa Italiana. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; through Sept. 17. Celebrate Italian culture, including food and music, and bocce. In front of Syracuse City Hall, Washington and Montgomery streets, Syracuse. Free admission. festaitaliana.bizland.com.

Full STEAM Ahead. 3:30 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 can create a holder for a library card, learning measuring and some simple sewing techniques as well. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Saturday, Sept. 16

Mini Childbirth Education Class. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn about the birth process and comfort measures, and address concerns. Course book available for $10. Bring a yoga mat and small pillow; partner or support person encouraged to attend. Presented by CNY Doula Connection. Natur-Tyme Community Room, 3160 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. Free. Registration recommended: (315) 395-3643.

Fall Migration Festival. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Festival features educational and environmental exhibits, animals, music, games, crafts and a chicken barbecue. Great Swamp Conservancy, 8375 N. Main St., Canastota. Admission: $3/adults; $1/under 12; $8/family maximum. (315) 697-2950. greatswampcon
servancy.org.

FFL Book Sale. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thousands of books, CDs, DVDs, and more materials for sale. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. (315) 637-6374. ffl.org.

Read, Make, Play. 10:30 a.m.; also Sept. 23 & 30. Children ages 3-6 and caregivers can enjoy games and more. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

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

Tails to Tell. 11 a.m. Kids ages 5-12 can read a story to a dog from Paws of CNY. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Robot Petting Zoo. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. School-aged kids can drop in and interact with robots including Dash Robots, Spheros, Codeapillars, Ozobots and others. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. ffl.org.

Rice Creek Rambles. 11 a.m.; also Sept. 23 & 30. Explore trails, woods and wetlands with a naturalist on a family-friendly hike. Those under 17 must be accompanied by an adult. Rice Creek Field Station, SUNY Oswego, Thompson Road, 1 mile south of Route 104, Oswego. Free. Call day of to check trail conditions: (315) 312-6677.

Fayetteville Festival. Noon-dusk. Family event includes displays by local organizations; music; children’s activities; and a fireworks show at dusk. Beard Park, South Manlius Street, Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-9864. fayettevilleny.gov.

La Festa Italiana. Noon-11 p.m.; through Sept. 17. See Sept. 15 listing.

Snow White. 12:30 p.m. See Aug. 26 listing.

Kids Fishing Tournament. 1-3:30 p.m. Fishing tournament for kids; participants receive tackle box, fishing tackle and copy of “NY State Beginners Guide to Freshwater Fishing” (while supplies last). Salmon River International Sport Fishing Museum, 3044 Route 13, Pulaski. Free. (315) 374-2997 or (315) 882-1549.

Dan the Snakeman. 1:30 p.m. Audience members can see a variety of reptiles up close. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Apple Science. 2:30 p.m. Kids ages 6-12 can make apple volcanoes, boats, towers and more. They’ll conclude by making apple play dough to take home. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Shopkins Live. 4 p.m. The popular kids toy turns into a live musical show, with performances by Jessicake, Bubbleisha, Peppa-Mint and more. Landmark Theater, S. Salina St., Syracuse. $19-$100. (315) 475-7980. ticketmaster.com.

Sunday, Sept. 17

Petit Book Sale. 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Thousands of books, music CDs, DVDs and audiobooks will be on sale, most for $2 or less each. Bring your own bag. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. (315) 435-3636.

Westcott Street Cultural Fair. Noon-6:30 p.m. The neighborhood puts on its 26th annual festival, starting with a parade at noon and followed by live music and dance performances, crafts for sale, and a chance to learn about local nonprofit organizations. Westcott Street between Concord and Dell streets, and on side streets, Syracuse. Free. (315) 313-5447. westcottstreetfair.org.

La Festa Italiana. Noon-11 p.m. See Sept. 15 listing.

Fall Concert Series. 2-3 p.m. Skip Murphy and His Merry Pranksters perform. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Monday, Sept. 18

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

Teens Minecraft. 3-4:30 p.m. Teens in grades 6-12 can play on the library’s server. Salina Free Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524.

American Girl. 6 p.m. Young people ages 7-12 can travel back to the historical events and culture that influenced the American Girls in an event that features stories, crafts, snacks and more. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration requested: (315) 492-1727.

Tuesday, Sept. 19

Hazard Teen Poetry Society. 5 p.m.; also Sept. 26. High school senior Chris Costello teaches the fundamentals of poetry, and how to gather ideas and produce new work; for ages 13-19. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Wednesday, Sept. 20

Nature on Wheels. 1 p.m.; also Sept. 27. Visitors with mobility limitations can go on a 90-minute electric-vehicle excursion led by naturalists. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $3/tour; $4/parking. Registration required: (315) 638-2519.

Thursday, Sept. 21

Apple Day. 11 a.m. Hear apple stories and do crafts; enjoy some cider or apples any time today, while supplies last. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. (315) 492-1727.

Trail Tales. 1 p.m. Children ages 3-5, accompanied by an adult, can hear two stories and then go on a guided hike on the stories’ themes. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $4/parking. (315) 638-2519.

Hazard Branch Chess Club. 5-7 p.m.; also Sept. 28. People of all ages and abilities can play with others; those age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

DIY Girls. 6:30 p.m. Girls in grades 5-7 can take part in fun hands-on activities. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 492-1727.

Friday, Sept. 22

Family Dance Party. 2-3 p.m. Celebrate the end of the week with music and dancing; grownup participation is encouraged. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. (315) 699-2032.

Kids Minecraft. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Kids in grades 3-5 can play on the library’s server. Salina Free Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524.

Saturday, Sept. 23

Fall Exhibition Opening. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Explore contemporary life and culture in China through the stories of four young people in the new exhibit Children of Hangzhou: Connecting with China. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.

Fishing Class. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Kids of all ages can learn how to fish with Mike McGrath. Live bait and lures will be used; bait and tackle are provided. Those over age 16 must have a valid New York state fishing license. Oneida Fish Hatchery, 3 Hatchery Road, off Route 49, Constantia. Free. mmcgrath2@twcny.com. srybaak@yahoo.com.

Sportsmen’s Days. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; also Sept. 24. People of all ages can try outdoor pursuits such as skeet shooting, waterfowl identification, turkey calling, archery, fly fishing, canoeing, muzzle loading and more. Demonstrations by woodsmen and displays of local wildlife art. Carpenter’s Brook Fish Hatchery, 1672 Route 321, Elbridge. Admission: $5/vehicle. (315) 689-9367.

Great Chocolate Wrecktoberfest. Noon-4 p.m.; also Sept. 24. In honor of the 1955 chocolate train wreck in the village, the celebration will include: free guided bus tours to the train wreck site (2:30 p.m.), live music, a display of photos taken at the wreck. Good Nature Farm Brewery, 8 Broad St., Hamilton. (315) 824-2337. goodnaturebrewing.com.

Snow White. 12:30 p.m. See Aug. 26 listing.

Early Autumn Paddle. 4 p.m.; also Sept. 30. Go on a paddle with a naturalist. Snack on cheese, crackers and cider. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $25/canoe, including rental. Registration required: (315) 638-2519.

Sunday, Sept. 24

National Down Syndrome Society Buddy Walk. 10:30 a.m. (registration at 9:30 a.m.). Individuals with Down syndrome along with their friends and families promote acceptance and advocacy with a two-mile walk; picnic lunch and festivities follow. Music by Skip Clark Entertainment. T-shirts available for purchase. Long Branch Park, Longbranch Road, Liverpool. Free. Early preregistration recommended: (315) 682-4289. dsaofcny.org.

Sportsmen’s Days. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. See Sept. 23 listing.

Great Chocolate Wrecktoberfest. Noon-4 p.m. See Sept. 23 listing.

Family Festival. 1-4 p.m. People of all ages can enjoy games, bounce houses, live music and more. Each family receives a free pumpkin. Vintage Faith Church, 6836 Route 3, Cicero. Free. Vintagefaith
cicero.com.

Monday, Sept. 25

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Tuesday, Sept. 26

Banned Books Week Challenge. 5 p.m. Children ages 5-12 can try to pick out banned books from a photo lineup. Prizes for each challenge. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Wednesday, Sept. 27

Creative Writing Workshop. 3-6 p.m. Young people ages 8-15 can learn the basics of storytelling and create a short story of their own. Stories will be compiled in a bound volume and added to the library’s collection. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Thursday, Sept. 28

Teen Book Club. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Rashawn Sullivan will talk about his book, iapologize, and his experiences as an incarcerated youth. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

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

Graphic Novel Club. 5 p.m. Young people ages 13-19 can discuss Brian K. Vaughan’s Pride of Baghdad and use it as inspiration for their own graphic novels. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Friday, Sept. 29

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

Saturday, Sept. 30

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

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

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

ONGOING EVENTS

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

Canoeing & Kayaking. Through Sept. 4: Saturdays & Sundays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; weekdays: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Paddle around Beaver Lake searching for beaver lodges, turtles and herons. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $10/hour of rental. Admission: $4/vehicle. Call for current weather conditions: (315) 638-2519.

Horseback Riding. Sept. 1-Oct. 29: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. See Highland Forest on an hour-long guided horseback ride. Highland Forest Park, Route 80, 3 miles east of Fabius. $35/hour (age 5 and up). Reservations required: (315) 289-3775.

Weekend Walks With a Naturalist. Saturdays and Sundays, 2 p.m. Nature discovery hike with different topics each weekend. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. Admission: $4/vehicle. (315) 638-2519.

Great Swamp Conservancy Nature Trails. Daily, dawn to dusk. Throughout the year, visitors can grab their walking shoes and explore 4.5 miles of well-groomed, flat trails. Trails feature a 900-foot boardwalk, osprey nesting platform, and wetland and grassland restoration areas. The area is a stop for many migratory waterfowl and songbirds; other wildlife include muskrats and beavers. Great Swamp Conservancy, 3.5 miles off I-90, Exit 34, 8375 N. Main St., Canastota. Free. (315) 697-2950.

Baltimore Woods Nature Center. Hiking trails and parking are free and open every day from dawn to dusk. Interpretive Center open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Sundays. 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. (315) 673-1350.

Wegmans Playground. Boundless Playground for children (and parents) of all ages and abilities includes accessible swings, slides, bridge and more, including special section just for the tiniest tykes. Onondaga Lake Park, Route 370, Liverpool. Free. (315) 451-PARK.

 

Barnes & Noble Storytimes. Thursdays, 10 a.m. Join a storytime for toddlers and preschoolers that’s features a book, songs and coloring. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. (315) 449-2948.

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

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

Maxwell Library Storytimes. Storytimes and book groups for all ages. Call for dates and times. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. (315) 672-3661.

Northeast Community Center Library Storytimes. Preschool storytimes with rhymes and occasional games; youngsters learn group listening and participation skills. Call for times. Northeast Community Center Library, 716 Hawley Ave., Syracuse. Free. (315) 472-6343, Ext. 208.

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

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

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. June 26-Aug. 27: open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 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.

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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