Calendar

June 2018 Events

Polish Festival, June 22-24 | MICHAEL DAVIS PHOTO

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

Friday, May 25

Sensory Play Time. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Babies and toddlers can engage in sensory exploration and play in this self-guided program. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Go, Dog. Go!. 7 p.m.; through June 16. Gifford Family Theatre performs a musical based on the beloved book by P.D. Eastman, a show full of color, clowning, surprises, and dogs. Coyne Center for the Performing Arts, Le Moyne College, 1419 Salt Springs Road, Syracuse. $15/adult; $10/child. (315) 445-4200. giffordfamilytheatre.org.

Saturday, May 26

Pokemon Open Play. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Children ages 8-12 can come play Pokemon at the library. Bring cards to play and trade, or use provided decks. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.

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.

Be the Scientist. Noon-4 p.m. Explore the activities of an architect. 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.

Go, Dog. Go!. 2 p.m.; through June 16. See May 25 listing.

Treefrogs and Peepers. 8-10 p.m. Adults and kids (age 5 and up) can go on a night hike to Philips Pond, to listen for and try to spot frogs. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. (315) 673-1350. Register: baltimorewoods.org.

Sunday, May 27

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 28

MEMORIAL DAY

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Tuesday, May 29

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Wednesday, May 30

Brewerton Teen Book Club. 4-5 p.m. Teens will talk about this month’s selection, The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. NOPL Brewerton, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. (315) 676-7484.

Thursday, May 31

Pajama Story Hour and Craft. 6:30 p.m. Kids can wear pajamas, hear stories, make a craft and eat a snack. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-3636.

Friday, June 1

Taste of Syracuse. 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; also June 2. Sample foods from area restaurants and hear live music. Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free admission; $1/samples. (315) 471-9597. tasteofsyracuse.com.

Saturday, June 2

Paige’s Butterfly Run. 7-11 a.m. Annual event features Caterpillar Crawl, a 40-foot scramble for children age 5 and younger; as well as a 3K walk; and a timed 5K race. 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. MaryKate@pbrun.org. pbrun.org.

Rocket Team Challenge. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Rockets designed, built and launched by teams of students in middle and high school 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.

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.

Paws to Read. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also June 9, 16, 23 & 30. Kids can read to a friendly dog from Paws Inc. of CNY. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Toddlers’ Tango. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Toddlers and preschoolers can take part in this music and movement class; no more than one adult per child, due to space limitations. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

Taste of Syracuse. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. See June 1 listing.

Go, Dog. Go!. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.; through June 16. See May 25 listing.

Hansel and Gretel. 12:30 p.m. The Magic Circle Children’s Theatre presents a comical, interactive version of the tale, in which the brother and sister are clueless until they get help from a leprechaun and children in the audience, and teach the grumpy witch the virtue of kindness. Children are invited to dress as their favorite fairy tale character. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse. $6. Reservations recommended: (315) 449-3823.

Ukulele for Beginners. 1-2 p.m. Pat Doherty teaches a class for newcomers to the ukulele. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

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 11:15 a.m., at Chittenango Fire Department, 417 Genesee St., Chittenango. Other Oz-Stravaganza events on June 1 and 3. Various locations, village of Chittenango. (315) 415-8546 or (315) 333-2286. oz-stravaganza.com.

Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m., Saturdays. Weekly program explores different aspects of science. Upcoming programs focus on: dogs, cows, DNA, and space research, among other topics. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.

Kidz Bop Live. 6 p.m. Four kids take the stage to perform hits in a concert intended for families. Lakeview Amphitheater, 490 Restoration Way, Syracuse. $32-$195 (plus fees). kidzbop.com/tour.

Sunday, June 3

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. Donations. (315) 898-2599. acrhealth.org/events.

Monday, June 4

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

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.

Monday Funday. 5-6 p.m.; also June 11, 18 & 25. Children ages 5-10 can make a craft. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. (315) 672-3661. maxwellmemoriallibrary.org.

Multiple Moms Mingle. 6:30 p.m. Monthly meeting of mothers and expectant mothers of multiples. Twin Trees Too, 1029 Milton Ave., Syracuse. For more details and to reserve if you wish to attend: multiplemomsmingle.com.

Tuesday, June 5

Storytime & Book Bike in the Park. 10:15-10:45 a.m.; also June 12, 19 & 26. Kids and caregivers can walk from the library to Onondaga Lake Park, near the Wegmans playground. There they can enjoy stories and songs, and check out books and DVDs from the Book Bike. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Yoga Storytime. 10:30-11 a.m.; also June 19. Children ages 3-6 take part in a full-body experience that incorporates yoga poses, breathing exercises, songs and more. Mats are provided; socks must be worn. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: (315) 637-6374. ffl.org.

Tween Scene. 5-6 p.m.; also June 12, 19 & 26. Kids ages 10-14 can make crafts, play games, and engage in other activities. Something different every week. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. (315) 672-3661. maxwellmemoriallibrary.org.

Wednesday, June 6

First Steps. 9:30-10 a.m.; also June 13 & 20. 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.

Nature Art Class. 10:30 a.m. Kids ages 2-6 can go outdoors to collect natural objects and bring them indoors to turn them into art. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. Registration required: CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.

Baby Storytime. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also June 13 & 20. Babies and caregivers can share rhymes, songs, stories and signs in this language-building program. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Early Learners Storytime. 11 a.m.-noon; also June 13 & 27. Children ages 2-4, with accompanying adult, can take part in a session with stories, rhymes, songs and crafts. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

Homeschool STEAM Club. 1:30-3 p.m. Homeschoolers ages 5-10 can learn about science, technology, engineering, art and math with hands-on activities and experiments. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Teen Geeks. 6-8 p.m.; also June 20. Teens can play board games in the first session of the month and video games in the second. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Words and Music Songwriter Woodshed. 6:30-9 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.

JP Morgan Chase Corporate Challenge. 6:45 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) 299-2669.

Thursday, June 7

Trail Tales. 1 p.m. Children ages 3-5, accompanied by an adult, can hear stories read by a naturalist and then go on a hike. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. Admission: $4/vehicle. (315) 638-2519.

NOPL at Brewerton Book Sale. 4-7:30 p.m.; through June 9. First day, presale of hardcovers, paperbacks, children’s books and DVDs. Regular sale, June 8; bag sale, June 9. NOPL at Brewerton Library, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. $5/June 7; free admission/June 8 & 9. (315) 676-7484.

St. Sophia’s Greek Cultural Festival. 5-9 p.m.; through June 10. 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.

Stress-Free Finals. 6-7:30 p.m. Teens can engage in stress-relieving activities and crafts to help them get through their final exams and papers. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

Friday, June 8

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

NOPL at Brewerton Book Sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; through June 9. See June 7 listing.

St. Sophia’s Greek Cultural Festival. 5-10 p.m.; through June 10. See June 7 listing.

Saturday, June 9

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, 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.-4 p.m.; also June 10. See sheep shearing, sheepdog herding and examples of fiber arts. Activities for kids include games, educational activities, farm animals on display, and crafts to make and take home. Butternut Hills Campground, 6893 Route 20, Bouckville. $6; age 12 and under; $10/weekend pass. (315) 899-7792. cnyfiber.org.

Peterboro Civil War Weekend. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; also June 10. 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. Admission: $10/adults; $5/ages 6-12; free/age 5 and under. (315) 280-8828. peterborony.org.

NOPL at Brewerton Book Sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. See June 7 listing.

The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. 11 a.m. Puppets an inventive retelling of the old classic. Open Hand Theater, Shoppingtown Mall, Suite No. 3, 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. $5. (315) 476-0466. openhandtheater.org.

Go, Dog. Go!. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.; through June 16. See May 25 listing. After the 2 p.m. performance, audience members can wear crazy hats and parade across the stage.

Cicero Community Festival. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Annual event features live entertainment, a children’s play area, parade (11:30 a.m.) and fireworks (10 p.m.). Behind Sacred Heart Church, 8229 Brewerton Road, Cicero. Free admission. (315) 699-1358. cicerofestival.com.

Duck Race to End Racism. Noon-4 p.m. In the main event, sponsored rubber ducks and ducklings are launched in the harbor. A family festival includes entertainment, children’s games, free ice cream, and more. A benefit for InterFaith Works. Syracuse Inner Harbor, West Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse. Free admission. (315) 449-3552.

Community Fair. Noon-4 p.m. Get a chance to meet community first responders from local police and fire departments, and enjoy carnival games, a bounce house, face painting, and free hot dogs. New Testament Baptist Church, 1235 Old Stonehouse Road, Jamesville. Free admission. (315) 449-2354.

St. Sophia’s Greek Cultural Festival. Noon-10 p.m.; through June 10. See June 7 listing.

Sunday, June 10

Peterboro Civil War Weekend. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. See June 9 listing.

CNY Fiber Arts Festival. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. See June 9 listing.

St. Sophia’s Greek Cultural Festival. Noon-4 p.m. See June 7 listing.

Monday, June 11

Options for Childbirth. 6-7:30 p.m. Class emphasizes natural delivery and making choices in response to the birth process, including comfort measures and labor support techniques. Presented by CNY Doula Connection. CNY Healing Arts, 195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse. Free. Registration requested: (607) 483-8284.

Tuesday, June 12

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.

Sign Language Storytime. 10:30-11 a.m. Children ages 3-6 can learn several signs that correspond to the stories that day. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Wednesday, June 13

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 14

Smartplay. 10:30 a.m. In this self-guided program, children from infants to age 6 can put on a puppet show, play games, shop in the grocery mart, and meet other families. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Open Late ’Til 8. 4-8 p.m. Explore a science theme with hands-on activities. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Half-price museum admission: $6/adults; $5/seniors and ages 2-11. (315) 425-9068. most.org.

Friday, June 15

Homeschool Adventures. 9 a.m.-noon. Participants ages 5-17 can learn about the solar system, including the phases of the moon and our distance from Neptune. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $15. (315) 673-1350. Registration required: baltimorewoods.org.

Go, Dog. Go!. 7 p.m.; through June 16. See May 25 listing.

Saturday, June 16

Junior Café Scientifique. 9:30-11 a.m. The Technology Alliance of Central New York presents a talk titled “Below the Surface: The Fisheries of Onondaga Lake,” given by biologist Anne Burnham. The talk is geared toward middle school students, who must be accompanied by an adult. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Free. Register by email: jrcafe@tacny.org.

Upcycling. 10-11:30 a.m. Participants age 10 and up can learn how to make painted crafts using paint chips from the paint department. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required: lpl.org.

Toddlers’ Tango. 10:30 a.m. Children ages 1-5 can sing and dance to music from around the world. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. Registration required: CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.

Juneteenth. Noon-10 p.m. Celebration of African-American culture and the end of slavery includes live entertainment, an education center, a culturally diverse food court, and more. Clinton Square, Downtown Syracuse. Free. syracusejuneteenth.org.

Hansel and Gretel. 12:30 p.m. See June 2 listing.

Let’s Get Hiking. 1-3 p.m. Participants age 13 and up can learn about gear and packing, navigation, food, and emergency preparedness. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. (315) 673-1350. Registration required: baltimorewoods.org.

Go, Dog. Go! .2 p.m. See May 25 listing.

Sunday, June 17

FATHER’S DAY

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. Prices not set at press time. Wilcox Octagon House, 5420 W. Genesee St., Camillus. (315) 488-7800. Fee. octagonhouseofcamillus.org.

Monday, June 18

Minecraft Nights. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Kids can compete in survival mode with others their age. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Homeschooling 101 for Parents. 7-8:30 p.m. Parents of homeschoolers can learn about different topics; in this session, participants will discuss homeschool learning in the summer. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Tuesday, June 19

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Wednesday, June 20

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Thursday, June 21

Leon Festival. 5-10 p.m. A family-friendly festival with bounce houses, food trucks, a craft tent, fireworks, and a performance by Sera Bullis, a local teen singer-songwriter. Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Park, Liverpool. Free. (315) 471-9597.

Friday, June 22

Star Party. 9-11 p.m. See constellations and planets through telescopes. Venus, Jupiter and Saturn will be visible. (Backup date: June 23.) Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. (315) 673-1350. Register: baltimorewoods.org.

Jamesville Balloonfest. 4-11 p.m.; through June 24. 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. Parking: $10/vehicle. General information: (315) 703-9620. syracuseballoonfest.com.

Syracuse Polish Festival. 4-10:30 p.m.; through June 24. A celebration of Polish heritage and traditions, with live music, dance performances, Miss Polonia and Polish food. Activities for kids. Clinton Square, downtown Syracuse. Free admission. polishscholarship.org.

Summer Kickoff Party. 6-8 p.m. Family-friendly event includes lawn games, robots, and a concert by The Coachmen, the rock band featuring Family Times’ own photographer, Michael Davis.  Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Saturday, June 23

Ride and Run for the Rescue. 6 a.m.-2 p.m. Take part in any of the following: 5K run/walk; one of four supported bicycle courses, from 10 to 62 miles; or two-mile family fun bike ride. Children’s activities. Long Branch Park, Longbranch Road, Liverpool. Registration fees (starting at $35 without fundraising), plus donation commitments. (315) 701-3891. rescuemissionalliance.org.

Cherry Festival. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; also June 24. 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.

Garden Tour at Sycamore Hill. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Enjoy over 250 acres of landscaped gardens and ponds (filled with koi fish), 500,000 flowering bulbs and 700 flowering trees and shrubs. Also craft vendors, face painting, music, food for sale. A benefit for CNY Land Trust. Sycamore Hill Gardens, 2130 Old Seneca Turnpike, Marcellus. $10/general, at door; free/age 8 and under. sycamorehillgardens.com.

Jamesville Balloonfest. 1-11 p.m.; through June 24. See June 22 listing.

Sunday, June 24

Cherry Festival. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. See June 23 listing.

Jamesville Balloonfest. 1-10 p.m. See June 22 listing.

Monday, June 25

Libraries Rock Summer Reading Kickoff. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. A party and registration for adult, teen and children’s clubs; those who arrive early get free books. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required: lpl.org.

Summer Reading Kickoff Party. 2-4 p.m. Children and teens can make crafts, register for reading programs, see Nate the Great, and more. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.

Chia Pets. 3:30-5 p.m. Participants age 7 and up (those under 10 must be accompanied by an adult) can make their own chia pet from nylon stockings and other materials. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. Registration required: (315) 699-2032. nopl.org.

Tuesday, June 26

Moreland the Magician. 11 a.m.-noon. Moreland the Magician performs his new comedy magic show; great for all ages. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. Registration required: (315) 699-2032. nopl.org.

Homeschool Chess Club. 1:30-3:30 p.m. Homeschoolers and families can learn to play chess or match strategies. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Graffiti Bags. 2:30-4 p.m. Young people going into grades 6-12 can turn plain tote bags into exciting creations with the help of spray fabric paint. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

Princess and Pirate Party. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Children age 4 and up, accompanied by a caregiver, can dress as a princess, pirate or knight, and work together to build a castle and make crafts. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. (315) 458-6184. nopl.org.

Wednesday, June 27

Bubble Party. 10:30 a.m. Babies, toddlers and preschoolers are invited to a bubble party! Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Make Mug Cakes. 4-5 p.m. Teens can learn to make cakes in a mug. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. (315) 699-2032. nopl.org.

Zoo to You. 6-7 p.m. Children of all ages and families can get face to face with zoo animals. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. (315) 672-3661. maxwellmemoriallibrary.org.

Sprockets to Spokes. 6-7 p.m. Participants can learn how to care for and fix their bikes. Bring questions and be ready for hands-on activity. NOPL Brewerton, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. (315) 676-7484.

Code Dojo. 7-8 p.m. Tweens can join other techies to explore different aspects of technology each month. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. Registration required: lpl.org.

Thursday, June 28

The Incredibles Party. 2 p.m. Children in grades K-2 can take part in a superhero explosion with a theme based on the characters from The Incredibles. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Sidewalk Art. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Children of all ages can creak chalk art, play sidewalk games, and eat ice cream sundaes in this kickoff to the summer reading program. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

Teen Water Balloon Battle. 4-5 p.m. Two teams, of five to 10 participants each, will engage in a wet conflict, weather permitting. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. Registration required: (315) 699-2032. nopl.org.

Friday, June 29

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Saturday, June 30

Be the Scientist. Noon-4 p.m. Explore the activities of an astronomer. 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.

Hansel and Gretel. 12:30 p.m. See June 2 listing.

ONGOING EVENTS

 

Animal Demonstrations. May 26-June 24: Saturdays & Sundays, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; June 26-Sept. 3: 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.

Horseback Riding. June 1-24: Friday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; June 26-Sept. 2: 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.

Onondaga County Beaches. June 2-10: Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. June 16-Aug. 12: Friday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Monday-Thursday, noon-6 p.m. Aug. 18 & 19: 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.

Time Out to Fish. June 4-July 13: 10 a.m.-noon or 1-3 p.m. Children and adults 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.

Downtown Syracuse Farmers’ Market. Tuesdays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; June 12-Oct. 9. Farmers and produce dealers offer vegetables, fruit, nuts, flowers, baked goods and more for sale. Clinton Square, Syracuse. (315) 422-8284. downtownsyracuse.com.

Canoeing & Kayaking. June 2-24: Saturdays & Sundays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 25-Sept. 4: Saturdays & Sundays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Mondays-Fridays, 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.

Nature on Wheels. June 5-26, Tuesdays, 1-2:30 p.m. Tours of the trails on an electric vehicle, for visitors with mobility limitations. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $3/person; plus admission: $4/vehicle. Preregistration required: (315) 638-2519.

Peanut Butter Jelly Time. Thursdays, 5 p.m. Members of the community can join in making more than a hundred bagged lunches to hand out to the hungry and homeless in downtown Syracuse. The Road, 4845 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. (315) 218-6066. wholelygroundsattheroad.org.

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

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

Baltimore Woods Nature Center. Hiking trails and parking are free and open every day from dawn to dusk. Interpretive Center open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Sundays. Snowshoe rental: $5/day. 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. (315) 673-1350.

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

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

Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville (formerly DeWitt Community Library) Storytimes. Mondays, 10:30 a.m., Jan. 8-Feb. 19: Babies & Books (birth to 18 months). Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., Jan. 9-Feb. 20: Story Play (birth to age 5). Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., Jan. 10-Feb. 21: Toddler Time (18-36 months). Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., Jan. 11-Feb. 22: Preschool Storytimes (ages 3-5). Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. Registration required: CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.

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

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

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

NOPL Brewerton Storytimes. Age 2 and up: Mondays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. NOPL Brewerton, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. (315) 676-7484.

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

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

Onondaga Free Library Storytimes. Mother Goose Time (age 2 and under): Tuesdays, 11 a.m. Family Storytimes (age 2 and older): Wednesdays, 10 a.m., and Thursdays, 11 a.m. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. (315) 492-1727.

Petit Branch Library Storytimes. Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. Toddler and preschooler storytime for children ages 18 months-5 years and caregivers. Includes stories, rhymes, finger plays and songs. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. (315) 435-3636.

Regional Market Farmers’ Market. Saturdays, 7 a.m.-2 p.m. (year-round); Thursdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (May through November only). Shop seasonal produce, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, specialty foods and more on display throughout covered sheds; heated shops of Regional Market Commons feature gift and unique items including jewelry, paintings and home decor. Also, flea market, Sundays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. 2100 Park St., Syracuse. (315) 422-8647.

ATTRACTIONS

Corning Museum of Glass. 1 Corning Glass Center, Corning. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $18/adults; free/age 17 and under. (800) 732-6845. Ongoing: You Design It, We Make It: Glassblowers choose from among designs submitted by young visitors and create that work on the spot.

Erie Canal Museum. 318 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; closed holidays. Free. (315) 471-0593. Interactive exhibit: Work the Weighlock. The Stonecutters: Exhibit reveals the fascinating world of the stonecutters and quarrymen who built the 83 locks and 18 aqueducts along the 363-mile Erie Canal.

Everson Museum of Art. 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. Tuesday-Friday, Sunday, noon- 5p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $8. (315) 474-6064. World-class museum includes Children’s Interactive Gallery designed to acquaint beginning art viewers with basic art principles, with areas dedicated to portraiture, hands-on activities, and a classroom.

Museum of Science and Technology (MOST). 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. Museum admission: $12/adults; $10/seniors and ages 2-11. IMAX admission only: $10/adults; $8/senior citizens and ages 2-11; (473-IMAX). (315) 425-9068. most.org. Planetarium (only available with museum admission): $2. 425-9068. Hands-on science center features the Bristol Omnitheater, Science Playhouse, Earth Science Discovery Cave, Technotown, and Flight and Space Exhibit. Silverman Planetarium shows “Zoo in the Sky,” for kids under age 8, Saturdays, Sundays and school holidays, 11:15 a.m.; “Seasonal Sky” Saturdays, Sundays and school holidays, 3:15 p.m. Throughout October: Make, a space where children of all ages can build and create.

Onondaga Historical Association Museum. 321 Montgomery St., Syracuse. Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Donation. (315) 428-1864. Syracuse’s only comprehensive local history museum, with exhibits on architecture, local industries, transportation and more.

Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park. 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Daily, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $8/adults; $5/senior citizens; $4/children; free/age 2 and younger. 435-8511. Ongoing attractions include Humboldt penguins.

Sciencenter. 601 First St., Ithaca. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission: $8/general admission, ages 2-64; $7/seniors; free/under 2. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org. Inspires people of all ages to discover the excitement of science through exhibits and programs. Through May 13: Sonic Sensation, an exhibition on the science of sound. Starting May 19: Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action, interactive stations that test physical speed, balance, coordination and more. Explore the Sciencenter’s interactive exhibits. 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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