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Friday, May 26

Bad Kitty on Stage. 7 p.m.; through June 17. Gifford Family Theatre performs a show based on the character Bad Kitty, star of the books by Nick Bruel. Coyne Center for the Performing Arts, Le Moyne College, 1419 Salt Springs Road, Syracuse. $15/adult; $10/child. (315) 445-4200. giffordfamily
theatre.org.

Saturday, May 27

Chinese Language Program Registration. 9 a.m.-noon. Students in grades 3-12 can register for the three-week StarTalk Chinese Language and Culture Academy Summer Program. SUNY Oswego, 2 Clinton Square, Syracuse. Free. (315) 312-2270. startalkcny.org.

North Syracuse Family Festival. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Annual festival features crafters, music, and games for children, among other activities. Lonergan Park, 524 S. Main St., North Syracuse. Free. facebook.com/NorthSyracuseFamilyFestival.

Bad Kitty on Stage. 2 p.m.; through June 17. See May 26 listing.

Sunday, May 28

Memorial Day Watchfire. Dusk-8 p.m. Veterans and non-veterans gather for a watchfire ceremony and lighting of a pyre to honor those who have served the nation. Watchfire Park (between Routes 690, 695 & State Fair Boulevard), State Fairgrounds, Geddes. Free. cnyvva103.org/watchfire.html.

Monday, May 29
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Tuesday, May 30

Homeschool Craft and Storytime. 1-3 p.m. Homeschoolers ages 4 to 8 and their families can hear stories and make crafts. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Wednesday, May 31

Teen Dungeons and Dragons. 6-8 p.m. Teens in grades 7-12 can take part in a fast-paced dungeon crawl with characters created for the event and provided materials and dice. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required: lpl.org.

Congratulations, You’ve Graduated! 7-9 p.m. Chris Kennedy of CNYWorks discusses searching for the first job after high school or college, with advice on resumes, interviews and career assessment. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Thursday, June 1

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

Teen Graphic Novel Club. 5 p.m. Young people ages 13-19 can discuss the ebook Love is Love (available on Hoopla with a library card), a Pride Month selection, and work on their own graphic novels. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Friday, June 2

Taste of Syracuse. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; also June 3. Sample foods from area restaurants and wineries and hear live music. A family zone features a bounce house and photo booth both days. On June 3, kids entertainment (1 p.m. and 4-8 p.m.) and face painting (noon-8 p.m.). Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free admission; $1/samples. (315) 471-9597. tasteofsyracuse.com.

Teen Employment Info Meeting. 3-4 p.m. Young people ages 13-19 will learn tips on identifying summer jobs, getting those jobs and figuring out ways to make themselves more employable. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Popcorn Fridays. 3:30-4:30 p.m. 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.

Friday Evening Wildlife Walks. 7 p.m.; also June 9, 16, 23 & 30. On a guided walk, look for signs of wildlife such as barred owls, white-tailed deer, or even a fox family. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $4/vehicle. (315) 638-2519.

Saturday, June 3

Rocket Team Challenge. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Rockets designed, built and launched by teams of students in grades 4-12 blast off and compete for awards. Sponsored by the Museum of Science & Technology (MOST), Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science and others. Skytop Field, South Campus, Syracuse University, Syracuse. Free. (315) 425-9068. most.org.

Paige’s Butterfly Run. 9-11 a.m. Annual event features Caterpillar Crawl, a 40-foot scramble for children age 5 and younger (9:45 a.m.); as well as a 3K walk (10:15 a.m.); and a timed 5K race (9 a.m.). Day-of registration begins 7 a.m. Proceeds benefit Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. Hanley Federal Building Plaza, 100 S. Clinton St., Syracuse. Free/Caterpillar Crawl; $35-$45 or fundraising. MaryKate@pbrun.org. pbrun.org.

National Trails Day Activities. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Scheduled events include a scavenger hunt, a guided walk on Three Meadow Trail (9 a.m.) and a guided walk about beavers (2 p.m.). Beaver Lake Nature Center, East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $4/vehicle. (315) 638-2519.

Family Fishing Day. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Kids and adults can learn the basics of freshwater fishing from volunteers and staff; bait, rods and reels provided, but bring a rod if you have one. Carpenter’s Book Fish Hatchery, 1672 Route 321, Elbridge. Free. Registration required: (315) 689-9367.

Working Parents Meetup. 10 a.m.-noon. Parents with babies and young children can socialize and learn more about the library. Coffee and toys provided. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. (315) 699-2032. nopl.org.

World Oceans Day. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. See feeding demonstrations and keeper talks about aquatic residents, and learn how you can help protect the world’s oceans. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission: $8/adults; $5/senior citizens; $4/ages 3-18; free/age 2 and younger. (315) 435-8511.

Paws and Books. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also June 24. 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.

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.

Rice Creek Rambles. 11 a.m.; also June 10, 17 & 24. Explore trails, woods and wetlands with a naturalist on a family-friendly hike. 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.

Fishing Class. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Kids of all ages can learn how to fish with Spider 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. srybaak@yahoo.com.

Bad Kitty on Stage. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.; through June 17. See May 26 listing.

Taste of Syracuse. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. See June 2 listing.

Little Red Riding Hood. 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 Little Red Riding Hood foil the Wolf and then become witnesses at his trial, giving their version of events. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse. $6. Reservations recommended: (315) 449-3823.

Open Chess. 2-4 p.m.; also June 10, 17 & 24. 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.

Oz-Stravaganza Parade. 2 p.m. Costume contest (registration starts 11:45 a.m., judging at 12:15 p.m.) and parade through the center of town, from Sullivan Free Library, on Route 5/Genesee Street, to Community Savings Bank. Kid’s fun run takes place at 11 a.m. ($10 registration), at Chittenango Fire Department, 417 Genesee St., Chittenango. Other Oz-Stravaganza events on June 2 and 4. Various locations, village of Chittenango. (315) 415-8546 or (315) 333-2286. oz-stravaganza.com.

Marbled Paper. 2-4 p.m. Kids can make marbled paper item such as a book or card with shaving cream and food coloring. Supplies provided. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

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

Sunday, June 4

AIDS Walk/Run. 8:30 a.m. (registration); 10 a.m. (walk/run). 5K timed run and 10K certified run, plus food, drinks and prizes. Event benefits ACR Health’s programs. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $25/minimum funds raised. (315) 475-2430. aidswalkcny.com.

Monday, June 5

Summer Storytime. 10:30 a.m. Children ages 2-5 (and siblings), accompanied by caregivers, can hear a story, make a craft and eat a snack. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Moto-Inventions. 1-2 p.m.; Sundays in June. 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.

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

Craftastic Critters. 4:30 p.m.; also June 12 & 19. Kids in preschool through grade 2 can drop into the Fab Lab and make a craft. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

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

Yoga for Everyone. 6-7 p.m.; also June 12, 19 & 26. A class of gentle yoga for all. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 
(315) 435-1940.

Medieval Times. 6-8 p.m. Recreators demonstrate activities and display crafts of medieval times. Events include heavy weapons fighting, fencing, music and dancing, and heraldic face painting. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Tuesday, June 6

Storytime. 10 a.m.; also June 13, 20 & 27. Toddlers and preschoolers can enjoy stories, songs, dance, finger plays and crafts. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3519.

Yoga Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also June 20. Kids ages 3 to 6 and parents can learn yoga and literacy skills in a session that features puppets, stories, songs and breathing exercises. Participants must wear socks; mats provided. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Homeschool Hang Out. 1-3 p.m. Homeschoolers can get together to watch movies and play games. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Family Game Time. 5-6:30 p.m.; also June 13, 20 & 27. Play board and video games with the whole family. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge. 5:30 p.m. Onondaga Lake Parkway closes early for the annual event, in which more than 8,000 people typically participate. Old Liverpool Road will remain open. Free for spectators. Registration closed. (315) 446-6285.

Wednesday, June 7

First Steps. 9:30 a.m.; also June 14 & 21. 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.

Read, Sing, Play Storytime. 10:30-11 a.m.; also June 14, 21 & 28. Preschoolers and caregivers can take part in an interactive storytime. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Baby Storytime with Signs. 10:30 a.m.; also June 14 & 21. 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. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Homeschool STEM Club. 2:30-4 p.m. Young people can learn about science, technology, engineering and music through hands-on activities and experiments. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required: lpl.org.

Teen Geeks. 6-8 p.m.; also June 21. 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.

Thursday, June 8

Smartplay. 10:30-noon. 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.

Trail Tales. 1 p.m. A naturalist reads stories to children ages 3-5 (accompanied by an adult) and then leads them on a trail walk. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $4/vehicle. (315) 638-2519.

Foil and Shadow Art. 3:30-5 p.m. Kids age 7 and up can use foil to make a sculpture, then trace its shadow. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. Registration required: (315) 699-2032. nopl.org.

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.

St. Sophia’s Greek Cultural Festival. 5-9 p.m.; through June 11. Learn about Hellenic culture with festival food, music, dancing and more. Sample delicious Greek pastries, some of which are only available for the festival, or tour the church. St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church, 325 Waring Road, DeWitt. Free admission. (315) 446-5222. syracusegreekfest.com.

Spring Concert. 6:30 p.m. The Lyncourt Community Band and the Harmony Katz barbershop chorus perform. St. Daniel school gym, 3004 Court St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 432-1005.

Friday, June 9

Time for Tots Playgroup. 9:30-10:45 a.m.; also June 23. Education playgroup for children ages 18 months-5 years and their caregivers. 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.

Cicero Community Festival. 5-11 p.m.; also June 10. Annual event features live entertainment, a cruise night (June 9); and on June 10, a kids zone, parade (11:30 a.m.) and fireworks. Ted Long and Amy Robbins of 93Q are this year’s parade grand marshals. Behind Sacred Heart Church, 8229 Brewerton Road, Cicero. Admission fee (Friday): $3/public; $7/show cars. Saturday: free admission. (315) 622-2249. cicerofestival.com.

St. Sophia’s Greek Cultural Festival. 5-10 p.m.; through June 11. See June 8 listing.

Bad Kitty on Stage. 7 p.m.; through June 17. See May 26 listing.

Saturday, June 10

Syracuse Regional Soap Box Derby. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Boys and girls ages 7 to 17 compete to qualify for the International Soap Box Derby in Akron, Ohio. 2100 block of South Geddes Street, at Stolp Avenue, Syracuse. Free for spectators; $45/race fee (preregistration required). (315) 382-7629. soapboxderby.org/syracuse.

Seneca River Day. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Festivities include live music, Anything That Floats contest (4 p.m.), the Great Seneca River Duck Race, and fireworks (dusk). Mercer Park, North Street, Baldwinsville. Free admission; fee for some activities. baldwinsvillerotary.org.

CNY Fiber Arts Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; also June 11. See sheep shearing, sheepdog herding and examples of fiber arts. Activities for kids include a corn pit and bubble play, baby goats and lambs to pet, and crafts to make and take home. Butternut Hills Campground, 6893 Route 20, Bouckville. $6; free/under age 12; $10/weekend pass. (315) 899-7792. cnyfiber.org.

Peterboro Civil War Weekend. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; also June 11. Experience the mid-1800s, with re-enactors filling the village (skirmishes each day), period music, children’s games, and wealth of historical detail. Hamlet of Peterboro, Peterboro Road, Peterboro. $10/adults; $5/ages 6-12; free/age 5 and under. (315) 280-8828. peterborony.org.

Bad Kitty on Stage. 11 a.m.; through June 17. See May 26 listing.

Cicero Community Festival. 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. See June 9 listing.

St. Sophia’s Greek Cultural Festival. Noon-10 p.m.; through June 11. See June 8 listing.

Drop In Family Games. 1-4:30 p.m. Children age 5 and up and caregivers can play board games (or Duplos, for younger kids). Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

NTBC Community Fair. 1-5 p.m. People of all ages can enjoy carnival games, face painting, a bounce house and free hot dogs. New Testament Baptist Church, 1235 Old Stonehouse Road, Jamesville. Free. ntbcsyracuse@gmail.com. ntbaptistsyracuse.com.

Summer Math Games. 1-2 p.m. Play math games in the library’s new gazebo, including Number Rocks, Free Form Shape building and Treasure Hunt. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Ukulele Workshop. 1-2 p.m. Beginners age 12 and up can learn ukulele fundamentals from Pat Doherty. Participants should bring an instrument or call in advance to see if the library has one available. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Cosplay Invades Auburn. 4-7 p.m. Family-friendly cosplay event features make-up demos, cosplay photo stages, snacks and refreshments, and prizes awarded in kids’ (age 12 and under), and teens’ and twentysomethings’ (13-25) categories. Schweinfurth Art Center, 205 Genesee St., Auburn. Free. (315) 255-1553.

St. Anthony’s Italian Festival. 4-10 p.m.; also June 11. Italian food, live entertainment, games and bounce house for kids; fireworks June 10, 9:30 p.m. St. Anthony of Padua Church, 50 Pomeroy St., Cortland. saintanthonysfestival.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.

Sunday, June 11

St. Anthony’s Festival. 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. See June 10 listing.

CNY Fiber Arts Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.See June 10 listing.

Peterboro Civil War Weekend. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. See June 10 listing.

St. Sophia’s Greek Cultural Festival. Noon-4 p.m. See June 8 listing.

Monday, June 12

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

Exam Week DIY. 2:30-3:30 p.m.; also June 13, 14, 15, 16, 20 & 22. Students feeling tense about finals can drop into the teen space and make a stress ball to squeeze. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Paws to Read. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Readers can work with therapy dog Mollie for 15 minutes. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

Birth Preparation. 6 p.m. Pregnant women can learn to mentally prepare for birth and discover ways to work through stressors. Presented by CNY Doula Connection. CNY Healing Arts, 195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse. Free. Registration recommended: (315) 395-3643.

Tuesday, June 13

First Day Downtown Syracuse Farmers’ Market. 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Farmers and produce dealers offer vegetables, fruit, nuts, flowers, baked goods and more for sale. Clinton Square, Syracuse. (315) 422-8284. downtownsyracuse.com.

Signing Storytime. 10:30 a.m.; also June 27. 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.

Stuffed Animal Storytime. 6:30-7 p.m. Children ages 2-5 with a caregiver can wear pajamas, bring a stuffed animal, listen to stories and make a simple craft. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. (315) 458-6184.

Wednesday, June 14

Creation Club Junior. 4 p.m. Kids in grades 3-5 can learn skills for using technology for everything from 3D printing to game design. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Lego Club. 4-5 p.m. Kids ages 5-15 can build with Legos. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

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, June 15

NOPL at Brewerton Book Sale. 4-7 p.m.; through June 17. First day, presale of hardcovers, paperbacks, children’s books and DVDs. NOPL at Brewerton Library, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. $5/June 15; free admission/June 16 & 17. (315) 676-7484.

Friday, June 16

NOPL at Brewerton Book Sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; through June 17. See June 15 listing.

Intermediate Sewing. 2:30-4 p.m. Participants age 12 and up can learn how to create a halter top out of a basic T-shirt. Some prior sewing experience is necessary. Bring your own T-shirt and thread. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900. Registration required: onlib.org/events/calendar.

Bad Kitty on Stage. 7 p.m.; through June 17. See May 26 listing.

Star Party. 8:30-10:30 p.m. (Backup date: June 17.) Opportunity to see Jupiter, Saturn and the heart of the Milky Way galaxy through telescopes. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. (315) 673-1350. $9. Register: baltimorewoods.org.

Saturday, June 17

Bird Banding. 8-10 a.m. Bird banding helps scientists monitor bird populations and habitats. Take a walk to the banding station and see bird banders in action; for age 8 and up. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. (315) 673-1350. $9. Register: baltimorewoods.org.

Junior Café Scientifique. 9:30-11 a.m. The Technology Alliance of Central New York presents a talk by Yuzhe Tang of Syracuse University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science. The talk is geared toward middle school students, who must be accompanied by an adult. Attendees can visit the exhibits after the presentation. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Free. Register by email: jrcafe@tacny.org.

NOPL at Brewerton Book Sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. See June 15 listing.

Father’s Day Storytime. 11 a.m. Hear a story about four father-child pairs, then take part in activities. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. (315) 449-2948.

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.

Path Through History Family Tours. 11 a.m., 1 & 3 p.m. Explore the mansion and its grounds, and try your hand at croquet. Oneida Community Mansion House, 170 Kenwood Ave., Oneida. $5/adults; $3/students with ID; free/age 12 and under. oneidacommunity.org.

Bad Kitty on Stage. 11 a.m. & 7 p.m. See May 26 listing.

Juneteenth. Noon-10 p.m. Celebration of African-American culture and the end of slavery includes live music, dance troupe performances, a kid’s area, an education center, and more. Clinton Square, Downtown Syracuse. Free. (315) 278-8185. syracusejuneteenth.org.

Little Red Riding Hood. 12:30 p.m. See June 3 listing.

Ukulele Song Fest. 1-2:30 p.m. Students from instructor Pat Doherty’s monthly ukulele sessions will play some tunes. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Minecraft Club. 2-4 p.m. Kids ages 6-12 can play Minecraft on the Xbox One, make crafts, enjoy snacks and play other games. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Sunday, June 18

Father’s Day Canoe Tour. 8:30 a.m. Fathers, grandfathers, favorite uncles or even mothers will enjoy this early morning paddle to look for beaver lodges, blue herons, painted turtles and other wildlife. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $20/program (including canoe rental); $4/vehicle. Registration required: (315) 638-2519.

Father’s Day Strawberry Fest. Noon-4 p.m. Enjoy ice cream, homemade biscuits, whipped cream and strawberries. Fathers accompanied by kids eat free. Take a tour of the 1856 building on your visit. Wilcox Octagon House, 5420 W. Genesee St., Camillus. (315) 488-7800. Fee. octagonhouseofcamillus.org.

Monday, June 19

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, June 20

Family Fun Night. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Play with Legos or have a game of Jenga or Operation. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. (315) 458-6184.

Wednesday, June 21

Summer Begins

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Thursday, June 22

Teen Summer Reading Kickoff. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Young people ages 12-19 can play trading card games or make buttons. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Leon Festival. 5-10 p.m. A family-friendly festival (halfway to Christmas! “Leon” is “Noel” spelled backward) with games, activities, fireworks, and a performance by Riff Rockit, aka Evan Michael, a kindie performer interviewed in this issue. Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool. Free. (315) 472-9111.

Friday, June 23

Jamesville Balloonfest. 4-11 p.m.; through June 25. Amusement rides daily; flights of more than two dozen special shape and hot air balloons, weather permitting. Live music acts and arts and crafts fair. Jamesville Beach Park, Apulia Road, Jamesville. Free admission; some attractions additional cost. General information: (315) 703-9620. syracuseballoonfest.com.

Syracuse Polish Festival. 4-10:30 p.m.; through June 25. A celebration of Polish heritage and traditions, with live music, dance performances, Miss Polonia and Polish food. Activities for kids include: inflatables, arts and crafts, and interactive games. Pierogi-eating contest, on June 25, 2 p.m. ($20 to participate). Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free admission. polishscholarship.org.

Saturday, June 24

Ride and Run for the Rescue. 6 a.m.-2 p.m. 5K run/walk, one of five supported bicycle courses, or two-mile family fun bike ride. Bounce house and other children’s activities. Long Branch Park, Longbranch Road, Liverpool. Donations and pledges. (315) 472-2324. rescuemissionalliance.org.

Jamesville Balloonfest. 9 a.m.-11 p.m.; through June 25. See June 23 listing.

Cherry Festival. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; also June 25. Annual festival’s activities include picking of cherries (sweet and sour); apple chuckin’ with a giant slingshot; live music; and crafts for sale. Varick Winery, 5102 Route 89, Romulus. Free admission. (315) 549-8797. varickwinery.com.

Origami. 10-11 a.m. Teens can get crafty with an origami class. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. (315) 458-6184.

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.

Syracuse Polish Festival. Noon-10:30 p.m.; through June 25. See June 23 listing.

Summer Learning Program Kickoff. 2-4 p.m. Kids from infants to age 12 can take part in crafts and activities, and sign up for the summer reading program. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Sunday, June 25

Jamesville Balloonfest. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. See June 23 listing.

Cherry Festival. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. See June 24 listing.

Syracuse Polish Festival. Noon-5 p.m. See June 23 listing.

Monday, June 26

GarageBand 101. Noon-1 p.m. Participants age 12 and up can learn the basics of recording, producing and mixing in this beginner session. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Intro to Music Technology, Part 1. 3 p.m. Students in grade 5 and up can learn to use software for creating and editing songs. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Jeff the Magic Man. 2-3 p.m. Jeff will perform magic tricks and make balloon animals, flowers and other items. NOPL Brewerton Library, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. Free. (315) 676-7484.

Sidewalk Chalk Art. 3-5 p.m. Teens in grade 7 and up can make sidewalk art outside the library (weather permitting). NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. (315) 458-6184.

Ice Cream Social. 4:30-7 p.m. Children and teens can make ice cream, then create ice cream sundaes. It’s also a chance to sign up for the summer reading program. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940.

Tuesday, June 27

Storytime in the Park. 10:15-10:45 a.m. Children and caregivers can walk from the library to the lawn near Wegmans Playground at Onondaga Lake Park, enjoying songs and stories outdoors. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required: lpl.org.

Homeschool Chess Club. 1-2:30 p.m. Homeschooling children (or their parents) who love or want to learn to play chess can gather in the Sargent Meeting Room. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Zoo to You. 1 p.m. Meet animals from around the world and learn how you can make a difference to wildlife. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3519.

The Magic of Reading with Jeff. 2-2:45 p.m. With Jeff the Magic Man, audience members can go on a journey and get a chance to see the Cat in the Hat. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Duct Tape Crafts. 2:30 p.m. Young people going into grades 6-12 can learn how to use duct tape to make wallets and other items. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

Strawberry Festival. 6 p.m. All ages can have a strawberry dessert and hear a family-friendly concert by The McCarthys. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Soule Branch Library, 101 Springfield Road, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5320.

Wednesday, June 28

Indoor Pool Party. 10:30 a.m. Children up to age 3 can “swim” in a kiddie pool filled with shredded paper, play with pool toys, do ocean-inspired crafts, and more. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

The Balloon Show. 2-3 p.m. Jeff the Magic Man will delight kids and caregivers with a story that magic and balloon making. Come early for the best seats. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Teen Trading Card Game Night. 6-8 p.m. Teens in grades 7-12 can play trading card games such as Pokemon, YuGiOh or Magic in a program in collaboration with Syracuse-based company TCGPlayer. There will be some premade decks, or participants can bring their own. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Thursday, June 29

Read, Play, Learn Playgroup. 10:30 a.m. Children age 18 months and older, with a caregiver, can sing, play, hear stories and more. Soule Branch Library, 101 Springfield Road, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5320.

Jeff the Magic Man. 2 p.m. Audience members can follow Jeff the Magic Man on a journey through Magic Storyland and be made honorary wizards. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940.

Sidewalk Art. 2:30 p.m. Kids can create chalk art, play sidewalk games and cool off with ice cream sundaes. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

Moreland the Magician. 6 p.m. David Moreland performs a show filled with comedy, mystery, puppetry and magic. For ages 5-12. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Young Writers. 6-7:30 p.m. Young people in grades 6-12 can talk about and share writing, generate ideas and make a zine. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. (315) 699-2032. nopl.org.

Friday, June 30

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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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