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

Friday, July 28

Arts and Crafts Festival. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; through July 30. Nearly 200 artists, entertainers and craftspeople make their mark on Columbus Circle and nearby streets in Syracuse. (315) 422-8284. downtownsyracuse.com.

Children’s Activities at Oswego Harborfest. 11:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; through July 30. Harborfest, which runs July 27-30, includes performances at the Novelis Family Park at Franklin Square. Also crafters, midway rides, and music in the parks and along the shores of Lake Ontario. Don’t miss the fireworks over the harbor (July 29, 9:30 p.m.). Free admission. (315) 343-6858. oswegoharborfest.com.

Stage of Nations Blue Rain EcoFest. 5-10 p.m.; also July 29. Native American music, dance and crafts. Also sustainability exhibits at Blue Rain EcoFest. Hanover Square, Syracuse. Free. (315) 479-5299.

Saturday, July 29

Street Painting. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. (Rain date: July 30.) Artists, young and old, decorate squares of sidewalk with chalk and compete for prizes. Chalk provided, but bring your own for the best availability of color choices. Montgomery Street near City Hall, Syracuse. Free for spectators. Participants: $15;/age 17 and younger; $25/adults. cnytix.com.

Arts and Crafts Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; through July 30. See July 28 listing.

Northeast Jazz and Wine Scholastic Fest. Noon-3 p.m. Part of the weekend-long jazz festival, the Scholastic Fest focuses on young local jazz musicians. Clinton Square, Syracuse. Free. (315) 479-5299. nejazzwinefest.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.

Barefoot Hike. 1-3 p.m. Go on a half-mile barefoot hike along the Valley Trail over grass, wooden bridges, leaves and soil; not for families with strollers. Appropriate for age 10 and up. Backup date: July 30. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. Register: (315) 673-1350. baltimorewoods.org.

Make Your Own T-shirt. 2 p.m. Teens can bring a T-shirt, old or new, and use different techniques to change its look. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 435-3636.

Sunday, July 30

Arts and Crafts Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. See July 28 listing.

Monday, July 31

Travel to Mars. 2:30-4 p.m. Kids ages 8-12 can learn about the challenges of exploring Mars. Salina Free Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

Tuesday, Aug. 1

Storytime in the Park. 10:15-10:45 a.m.; also Aug. 8 & 15. Children age 5 and under and caregivers can go to the lawn near Wegmans Playground at Onondaga Lake Park in Liverpool and enjoy songs and stories outdoors. Presented by Liverpool Public Library. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Smartplay. 10:30 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/teen.

Mother Goose Time. 11 a.m.; also Aug. 8 & 15. 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.

Zoo to You. 1 p.m. Kids can meet zoo animals, touch animal artifacts, and learn how they can make a difference for wildlife. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Blind Date with a Book. 2 p.m. Teens who don’t want to judge a book by its cover can expand their reading selections by going on a blind date with a book. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5442.

Outside Science. 2 p.m. Young people can head to the front yard to test, create small explosions and have fun. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3519.

LaFayette Community Band Concert. 7:30 p.m. Hear the band perform and support LaFayette Outreach. Columbian Presbyterian Church, routes 11 & 20, LaFayette. $2 suggested donation. (315) 677-3293. ColumbianPresbyterianChurch.com.

Wednesday, Aug. 2

Baby & Toddler Play Date. 10 a.m. Invite friends and take part in a group play date, with extra toys and music in the Children’s Room. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Toddler Summer Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Aug. 16. Children ages 2-3 (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.

Reading Buddies. 11 a.m.; also Aug. 9 & 16. Trained teen volunteers read with children age 4 and up; on Aug. 9, Ellie the dog visits the library. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration requested: (315) 492-1727.

Fun for All Storytime. 11 a.m.; also Aug. 9 & 16. Children ages 3-7, and an accompanying adult, can enjoy stories, rhymes, songs and a craft. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

DIY Catapult. 2 p.m. Kids age 5 and up can explore the physics behind catapults and make one to take home. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Teen Hula Hooping. 2 p.m. Teens can learn hoop games, dances and skills with instructor Dawnmarie Raymond. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Destination: Inspiration. 2 p.m. Kids of all ages can take part in an interactive adventure in which they create characters, choose settings and steer the plot. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Lego Building Contest. 2-3:30 p.m. Children ages 5-12 can compete to win prizes in several categories; Legos provided. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

STEAM Discovery Hour. 3 p.m.; also Aug. 9 & 16. Kids ages 7-12 can see how the library’s STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) kits work, or complete new challenges. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration requested: (315) 492-1727.

Art for Kids. 4 p.m. Kids in grades 3-5 can paint with acrylic paint and painter’s tape, making wall art. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Teen Geeks. 6-8 p.m.; also Aug. 16. 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, Aug. 3

Free to Be. 10:30-11:15 a.m.; also Aug. 10 & 17. 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.; also Aug. 10 & 17. 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.

Balloon Rockets. 2 p.m. Children age 5 and up can assemble, decorate and launch a rocket. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Kids Create It. 2 p.m.; also Aug. 10 & 17. Science meets creativity and art in this series for children age 6 and up. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration requested: (315) 492-1727.

Come and Cool Off. 2 p.m. Children ages 5-12 can play in virtual snow, painting with ice and thawing out frozen critters. KidSpace, Second Floor, Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Puppets with Pizazz. 2:30 p.m. See a lively adaptation of “Rumpelstiltskin,” ideal for kids from pre-K-grade 5. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

Action Art. 4-4:30 p.m. Kids in K-grade 2 can take part in hands-on activities that focus on the act of creating. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Ukulele and Ice Cream Therapy. 7-8 p.m. Join a fun sing-a-long with Salt City Ukulele. Bring a chair or blanket. Plank Road Ice Cream, 449 S. Main St., North Syracuse. Concert free; charge for treats. saltcityukulele.org.

Friday, Aug. 4

Children’s Summer Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Aug. 18. Children ages 3-5 (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.

Wii and Game Fun. 2 p.m.; also Aug. 11, 18 & 25. 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 Aug. 11 & 18. 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, Aug. 5

Family Fun Day. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. A fun day for all ages will include: 5K race and walk (strollers permitted); carnival games (starting at 11 a.m.); and a Skunk Hollow baseball game, where teams from Nelson and Fenner play a 19th-century version of the game. Nelson Town Hall, 4085 Nelson Road, Cazenovia. $5-$10/meal tickets. capmadco.org.

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.

Paws and Books. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also Aug. 19. 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.

Fishing Class. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Kids of all ages can learn how to fish with Spyder Rybaak. 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. Great Swamp Conservancy, 3.5 miles off I-90, Exit 34, 8375 N. Main St., Canastota. Free. Free. srybaak@yahoo.com.

Rice Creek Rambles. 11 a.m.; also Aug. 12, 19 & 26. 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.

Oktoberfest. 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; also Aug. 6. Live music and more. Long Branch Park, Longbranch Road, Liverpool. Free admission. germanamericanscny.com.

Snow White. 12:30 p.m. See July 29 listing.

Open Chess. 2-4 p.m.; also Aug. 12, 19 & 26. 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.

Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m.; Saturdays. An interactive presentation explores different aspects of science each week. This month’s topics include: the solar system; carbon emissions; mouse urine; and the science of social media. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/ages 2-64; $7/seniors, age 65-plus; free/under 2. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.

Teen Fest. 4-8 p.m. Young people ages 13-19 can hear live music, including local band Posted, sample food, and learn about services and opportunities for teens. The event is sponsored by Contact Community Services and Teen Talk (teentalkradio.org). Henninger High School, 600 Robinston St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 430-9301. contactsyracuse.org.

Sunday, Aug. 6

Moto-Inventions. 1-2 p.m.; Sundays in August. Tinker with recycled materials and electricity to make whirling, moving machines to take home. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/ages 2-64; $7/seniors, age 65-plus; free/under 2. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.

Monday, Aug. 7

Big Box Build. 10:30 a.m.-noon. Children can make whatever they like out of really big boxes and other materials. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

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.

American Girl. 2 p.m.; also Aug. 14. Young people ages 7-12 can travel back to the historical happenings 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.

Cartoon Workshop. 2:30 p.m. Kids can learn about cartooning, draw favorite characters or create their own. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3519.

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, Aug. 8

Signing Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also Aug. 22. 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.

DIY Birdfeeder. 2 p.m. Children age 5 and up can create and decorate bird feeders for their yards. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Build a Better Bubble. 2-3 p.m. Doug Rougeux shares his best tips, secrets and recipes for fantastic bubble making on the Dinosaur Garden lawn (or inside if the weather turns bad). Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Makey Makey. 2 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 can use an invention kit to turn things like play dough into touchpads. KidSpace, Second Floor, Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Build a Board Game. 2:30-4 p.m. Students going into grades 6-12 can bring their ideas, and get tips and materials to build their own games. Salina Free Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

Wednesday, Aug. 9

First Steps. 9:30 a.m.; also Aug. 23. 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.

Salamanders. 10 a.m.-noon. Children ages 5-12, accompanied by a caregiver, will explore upland woods, lowland forests and wetlands in search of salamander hiding spots. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 Route 89, Savannah. $8/child. (315) 365-3588. ny.audubon.org/montezuma.

Baby Storytime with Signs. 10:30 a.m.; also Aug. 23. 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.

KidsFest. 11 a.m. The quintet WindSync performs an imaginative and interactive version of “Peter and the Wolf.” First Presbyterian Church, 97 E. Genesee St., Skaneateles. $5/adults; free/under 18. (315) 685-7418. skanfest.org.

Zoo to You. 1:30 p.m. Kids can meet zoo animals, touch animal artifacts, and learn how they can make a difference for wildlife. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940.

Build a Better Bubble. 2 p.m. Bubble pro Doug Rougeux gives tips for better bubbling. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5442.

Henna Body Art. 2 p.m. Kids age 5 and up can learn the history and art of henna with SK Henna and get a (temporary) henna tattoo; participants under 12 must have a signed permission slip from a parent or guardian to get a tattoo. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Mad City Money. 2 p.m. Young people ages 12-18 can get a taste of the real world, complete with occupation, salary, credit card debt and medical insurance. Snacks provided. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Lego Boats. 2:30-4 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 can make big, crazy Lego boats and try to keep them floating; materials provided. Salina Free Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

Teen Game Night. 6 p.m. Teens can experience the Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator, a social game in which computers and tablets are networked to allow players to assume roles as officers on a spaceship. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Jeff the Magic Man. 6 p.m. See a balloon show and then kids in the audience can get their own twisted balloons. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. (315) 672-3661.

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, Aug. 10

Chopped Kids. 10 a.m.-noon. Kids entering grades 3-5 can work on a team to develop flavorful, no-cook dishes for judges to taste. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Drop in 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.

Chopped Teens. 1-3 p.m. Students entering grades 6-9 can work on a team to develop flavorful, no-cook dishes for judges to taste. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Zoo to You. 2 p.m. Kids can meet zoo animals, touch animal artifacts, and learn how they can make a difference for wildlife. Community Room, First Floor, Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Moreland the Magician. 2:30-4 p.m. See a show packed with magic, comedy, puppetry and audience interaction. Event is also end-of-summer-reading party, with prizes for top readers. Salina Free Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

Rigamajig. 2:30 p.m. Children ages 6-12 can make contraptions with a large-scale building kit of wooden planks, wheels, rope and more. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

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.

Friday, Aug. 11

Dan the Snakeman. 1:30 p.m. Audience members of all ages can have an awesome, hands-on reptile experience. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940.

Calling All Princes and Princesses. 2-3 p.m. Children ages 4-10 can dress up and enjoy snacks, crafts and activities. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required: lpl.org.

Shakespeare in the Park. 5:30-7:30 p.m.; through Aug. 20. See a performance of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Food available for purchase. Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and a picnic, if you wish. A kids’ area for age 10 and under. Presented by the Syracuse Shakespeare Festival. Thornden Park amphitheatre, entrances at Ostrom Avenue and Madison Street, South Beach Street, Ackerman Avenue, Syracuse. Donations. (315) 476-1835.

Saturday, Aug. 12

Toddlers’ Tango. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Toddlers and preschool-aged children, accompanied by an adult, can take part in this music and movement class. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Registration required: (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

Lapsit Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Children under 3, accompanied by a parent or guardian, can hear a story. Preschool Storytime, 11 a.m., for ages 3-5. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. (315) 672-3661.

Anime Expo. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Anime fans can see films, take part in cosplay and hear panel discussions. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Snow White. 12:30 p.m. See July 29 listing.

Duct Tape Projects for Teens. 2 p.m. Teens can make wallets, flowers, bags and more with provided supplies. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Art Fair at the Center. 3-6 p.m. See dance performances by local children, and view all that the new center has to offer, including a chance to see sculpture and paintings, and meet the artists. Brewerton Center for the Arts, 9660 Brewerton Road, Brewerton. Free admission. (315) 676-5838. brewertoncenterforthearts.org.

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.

Shakespeare in the Park. 5:30-7:30 p.m.; through Aug. 20. See Aug. 11 listing.

Star Party: Perseid Meteor Shower. 8:30-11 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to lie back and watch for meteors. Through a telescope, see the Milky Way galaxy and views of Saturn. (Backup date: Aug. 13.) Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. (315) 673-1350. baltimorewoods.org.

Sunday, Aug. 13

Girl Power Art and Cultural Festival. 1-4 p.m. Live music, dancing and communication with cultural, professional and community groups about the strength of women. Activities for kids of all ages and adults. Sponsored by It’s About Childhood & Family Inc. Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 382-0541. GirlPower.eventzilla.net.

Shakespeare in the Park. 2-4 p.m.; through Aug. 20. See Aug. 11 listing.

Monday, Aug. 14

Family Summer Dance Party. 2-4 p.m. Head to the community room for dancing, crafts and snacks. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Pregnancy 101. 6 p.m. Pregnant women can learn about prenatal nutrition, relieving common discomforts, preterm labor warning signs, exercise, and other topics. Presented by CNY Doula Connection. CNY Healing Arts, 195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse. Free. Registration recommended: (315) 395-3643.

Adventures in History. 6 p.m. Children ages 7-12 can learn about an event in history and how it shaped the lives of children and families who lived it. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration requested: (315) 492-1727.

Tuesday, Aug. 15

Explore Art. 9:30 a.m. Babies and toddlers can mix colors and finger paint. Participants are encouraged to wear smocks or play clothes. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Yoga Storytime. 10:30 a.m. 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.

The Magic of Reading Show. 5 p.m. Follow Jeff D’Ambrosio on a fun journey through Magical Storyland. Mundy Branch Library, 1204 S. Geddes St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797.

Build a Better Bubble. 2 p.m. Bubble pro Doug Rougeux gives tips for better bubbling. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Wednesday, Aug. 16

Family Indoor Drive In. 10 a.m. Kids can design and decorate their own cardboard box “cars” to sit in during a movie. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration preferred: (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Balloon Tower. Kids age 5 and up can work together to see which group can build the biggest freestanding balloon-and-tape tower. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Discover, Understand, Build. 2-3 p.m. An educator from the MOST (Museum of Science & Technology) will help participants build common machines with simple parts, learning how people get energy from the wind, sun, water and more. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required: lpl.org.

Thursday, Aug. 17

Near West Side Block Party. 1-5 p.m. Mundy Branch Library’s mobile pop-up will be at the party at Skiddy Park, 300 Tioga St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3797

Get Squishy. 2 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 can whip up a big batch of slime. KidSpace, Second Floor, Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Ukulele and Ice Cream Therapy. 7-8 p.m. Join a fun sing-a-long with Salt City Ukulele. Bring a chair or blanket. Village Deli, 325 W. Manlius St., East Syracuse. Concert free; charge for treats. saltcityukulele.org.

Friday, Aug. 18

Scavenger Hunt. 2 p.m. Teens can follow clues in a fun scavenger hunt for prizes. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5442.

Shakespeare in the Park. 5:30-7:30 p.m.; through Aug. 20. See Aug. 11 listing.

Skippyjon Jones Visits Storytime. 7 p.m. Kids can wear pajamas, hear a story about Judy Schachner’s adventurous kitten, and meet Skippyjon Jones. Bring a camera or phone to take photos! Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. (315) 449-2948.

Saturday, Aug. 19

Asian Elephant Extravaganza. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. A day-long celebration combines wildlife conservation education with the culture and heritage of the native countries of Asian elephants.  Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission: $8/adult; $5/senior; $4/ages 3-18; free/age 2 and under. (315) 435-8511.

Snow White. 12:30 p.m. See July 29 listing.

Bats. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Learn about bats in an indoor-outdoor program, and find out how beneficial they are. For age 8 and up. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. Register: (315) 673-1350. baltimorewoods.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. Lake Neatahwanta pier, Route 3, Fulton. Free. mmcgrath2@twcny.com. srybaak@yahoo.com.

Shakespeare in the Park. 5:30-7:30 p.m.; through Aug. 20. See Aug. 11 listing.

Sunday, Aug. 20

Shakespeare in the Park. 2-4 p.m. See Aug. 11 listing.

Monday, Aug. 21

Summer of Science Social. Noon-3 p.m. Free event on the east lawn focuses on the solar eclipse and how to safely view it. Local viewing begins at 1:17 and the eclipse will reach its maximum at 2:38. 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.

Solar Eclipse. 1-3 p.m. See a presentation (indoors) about the eclipse, then head outside to watch the moon cast its shadow, with disposable safety glasses. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Eclipse Viewing Party. 2 p.m. View the eclipse together (using special glasses) and learn about astronomy. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required:  (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Eclipse Viewing Party. 2 p.m. Use eclipse glasses to see the partial solar eclipse safely. (The next solar eclipse won’t occur until 2024.) Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5442.

Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing Party. 2-3 p.m. Borrow special glasses to safely watch the eclipse (never look directly at the sun without appropriate protection!). Rain or shine, enjoy special hands-on activities to explore the science of eclipses. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/ages 2-64; $7/seniors, age 65-plus; free/under 2. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.

Minecraft Nights. 6-8 p.m. Children of all ages can play Minecraft with others. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required: lpl.org.

Tuesday, Aug. 22

Drop In Crafts. 9:30 a.m.-8 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.

Wednesday, Aug. 23

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.

Ice Cream Floats and Coloring Book Exchange. 2-3 p.m. Families can enjoy an ice cream float, then take a coloring break. Bring a book to trade in and take a different one one. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Thursday, Aug. 24

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (exhibits); through Sept. 4. See Aug. 23 listing.

Drawing Basics for Teens. 2 p.m. Phil McAndrew, who has contributed to MAD Magazine and has illustrated several books, shows teens the basics of cartooning. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636.

Silly Putty. 2 p.m. Children age 5 and up can make silly putty and slime. Beauchamp Branch Library, 2111 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3395.

Ukulele and Ice Cream Therapy. 7-8 p.m. Join a fun sing-a-long with Salt City Ukulele. Bring a chair or blanket. Big Dip, 216 N. Main St., North Syracuse. Concert free; charge for treats. saltcityukulele.org.

Friday, Aug. 25

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (exhibits); through Sept. 4. See Aug. 23 listing.

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. 23 listing.

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.

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. See July 29 listing.

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. 23 listing.

Monday, Aug. 28

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (exhibits); through Sept. 4. See Aug. 23 listing.

Tuesday, Aug. 29

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (exhibits); through Sept. 4. See Aug. 23 listing.

Wednesday, Aug. 30

New York State Fair. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. (exhibits); through Sept. 4. See Aug. 23 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.

 

 

Ongoing Events

Onondaga County Beaches. Through June 11: Friday-Sunday and Memorial Day, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 17-Aug. 13: Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Monday-Thursday, noon-6 p.m. Aug. 19 & 20: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Jamesville Beach Park, 4110 West Shore Manor, Jamesville. Oneida Shores Park, 9400 Bartell Road, Brewerton. $7/vehicle. (315) 435-5252 (Jamesville) or (315) 676-7366 (Oneida). onondagacountyparks.com.

Canoeing & Kayaking. June 3-25: Saturdays & Sundays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 26-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. June 2-25: Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; June 27-Sept. 3: daily except Monday, 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. Reservations required: (315) 289-3775.

Time Out to Fish. June 5-July 14: 10 a.m.-noon or 1-3 p.m. Children and others with special needs as well as senior citizens and small groups fish for rainbow trout. Maximum group size is 20. Carpenter’s Book Fish Hatchery, 1672 Route 321, Elbridge. $3/person. Registration required: (315) 689-9367.

Animal Demonstrations. May 27-June 25: Saturdays & Sundays, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; June 26-Sept. 4: daily, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. “In the Wings” bird show, penguin feedings and various animal encounters. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission: $8/adults; $5/senior citizens; $4/children; free/age 2 and younger. (315) 435-8511.

Webster Pond Fishing. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon (kids), Sundays, 8 a.m.-noon (adults). Seasonal fishing sponsored by the Anglers Association of Onondaga. Webster Pond, 2004 Valley Drive, Syracuse. Donations. (315) 727-2922. websterpond.org.

Peanut Butter Jelly Time. 5-6 p.m.; every Thursday. Volunteers of all ages can make bagged lunches to hand out to members of the homeless community. Wholely Grounds at The Road, 4845 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. (315) 218-6066.

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.

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. (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 older: Mondays, 10:30-11 a.m. & 1-1:30 p.m. NOPL Brewerton Library, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. Free. (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, 10-11:15 a.m. Ages 4-7: Thursdays, 11 a.m.-noon. Daycare Storytime: Fridays, 10-10:30 a.m. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 458-6184.

Onondaga Free Library Storytimes. Mother Goose Time: 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. (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.

Salina Library Storytime. Early Learners Storytime, Wednesdays, 11 a.m. For children ages 2-4, with accompanying adult. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

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. The exhibit Toys: The Inside Story explores the basics of pulleys, gears, circuits and other components of popular toys. 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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