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What to do this October: Full Central NY family events calendar.

Looking for things to do in Central New York this October? Our events calendar has everything to keep your kids entertained and on the move this fall!

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Friday, Sept. 28

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

Moth March. 6 p.m. Learn about the habits of moths; then spread some fruit-and-molasses mash on tree trunks, and see what insects come to feed on it. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $2/person. Admission: $4/vehicle. Registration required: (315) 638-2519.

Saturday, Sept. 29

Paws and Books. 10:30 a.m.; also Oct. 13. Kids ages 5-12 can read a story to Cooper, a trained Canine Good Citizen. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

The Little Mermaid. 12:30 p.m. In the Magic Circle Children’s Theatre presentation, children in the audience can help the Little Mermaid get her voice back and win the Prince’s heart. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse. $6. Reservations recommended: (315) 449-3823.

Sunday, Sept. 30

National Down Syndrome Society Buddy Walk. 10:30 a.m. (registration at 9:30 a.m.). In the 20th anniversary event, individuals with Down syndrome along with their friends and families promote acceptance and advocacy with a two-mile walk; picnic lunch and festivities follow. Music by Skip Clark Entertainment. T-shirts available for purchase. Long Branch Park, Longbranch Road, Liverpool. Free. Early preregistration recommended: (315) 682-4289. dsaofcny.org.

Monday, Oct. 1

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.

Tuesday, Oct. 2

First Steps. 9:30-10 a.m.; also Oct. 9, 16, 23 & 30. Children who are good walkers, up to age 3, can with a caregiver take part in a program with music, movement, crafts and more. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Baby Storytime. 10:30-11 a.m.; also Oct. 9, 16, 23 & 30. 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.

Wednesday, Oct. 3

Read, Sing, Play Storytime. 10:30-11 a.m.; also Oct. 10, 17, 24 & 31. Share the love of books with children of all ages. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Early Learners Storytime. 11 a.m.-noon; also Oct. 10, 17, 24 & 31. Children ages 2-4, with an accompanying adult, can enjoy stories, interactive rhymes, songs and a craft. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.

Nature on Wheels Tour. 1:30-3 p.m.; also Oct. 10. Visitors with mobility limitations can ride an electric tram while a naturalist describes areas of interest. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. $3/person; $4/parking. Registration required: (315) 638-2519.

Open Mic Night. 6-7 p.m. Participants age 16 and up can share music, videos, poetry, dance or another talent, or just watch others perform. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

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.

Thursday, Oct. 4

Math Tutoring. 3-4 p.m. Teens and adults can ask a volunteer questions, bringing in examples of the math problems with which they need help. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Teen Writer’s Guild. 4-5 p.m.; also Oct. 11, 18 & 25. Students in grades 6-12 can take part in a creative workshop, writing in a variety of genres. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Register: fflib.org. (315) 637-6374.

Friday, Oct. 5

Play to Learn. 10 a.m.; also Oct. 12, 19 & 26. Children ages 1-4, accompanied by an adult, can hear stories, sing and play. Siblings are welcome. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Home School Nature Series. 10 a.m.-noon. Homeschool students ages 5-10 can learn about camouflage through fun activities while searching for wildlife outdoors. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 Route 89, Savannah. $8/class. Preregistration & payment required: (315) 365-3588. http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma.

Free to Be. 10:30-11:15 a.m. Children ages 3-6 (though younger siblings are welcome) can sing along to a live guitar and explore early acting techniques. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Saturday, Oct. 6

LaFayette Apple Festival. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; also Oct. 7. Watch cider being made; buy apples and apple treats; and enjoy entertainment, the midway rides and games, a scarecrow contest, and more. 5330 Rowland Road, LaFayette. $5/person; free/age 12 and under. lafayetteapplefest.org.

Art and the Cosmic Connection. 10 a.m.-noon. Preschoolers and older kids can create art based on planetary images. NOPL Cicero, 8686 Knowledge Lane, Cicero. Free. Registration required: (315) 699-2032. nopl.org.

Paws to Read. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also Oct. 13, 20 & 27. 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.

Rice Creek Story Hour. 11 a.m. Elementary-aged children, especially, will enjoy tales of animals’ wild ways and how humans relate to the natural world; all ages are welcome. Rice Creek Field Station, SUNY Oswego, Thompson Road, 1 mile south of Route 104, Oswego. Free. (315) 312-6677. oswego.edu/rice-creek/.

Sleeping Beauty. 12:30 p.m. In the Magic Circle Children’s Theatre presentation, children in the audience can help the very nearsighted Prince figure out why Sleeping Beauty falls asleep every time she hears her name. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse. $6. Reservations recommended: (315) 449-3823.

Ukulele for Beginners. 1-2:30 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.

Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m.; Saturdays. Weekly interactive experience has a different theme each week; this month topics include: a science mystery to solve; the natural world; chemistry; and more. Sciencenter. 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/general admission, ages 2-64; $7/seniors; free/under 2. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.

DIY Day. 2:30 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 can make potions from everyday ingredients. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Sunday, Oct. 7

LaFayette Apple Festival. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. See Oct. 6 listing.

Wild Mushrooms Festival. 1-4 p.m. Learn about edible and poisonous mushrooms, see a cooking demonstration, discover how to grow mushrooms, and take part in other activities with members of the CNY Mycological Society. Guided hikes at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. $4/parking. (315) 638-2519.

Monday, Oct. 8

COLUMBUS DAY

Drop-In Crafts. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Children of all ages can make seasonal crafts. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Tuesday, Oct. 9

Homeschool STEAM Club. 1:30-3 p.m. Homeschoolers ages 5-10 can learn with hands-on activities. Parents and siblings welcome. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Teen MOPS. 5-7 p.m.; also Oct. 23. Young mothers, ages 13-21, with children under 6 enjoy a faith-based program with fun, food and activities while their children are cared for by the childcare program. Liverpool First United Methodist Church, 604 Oswego St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 569-2542.

Wednesday, Oct. 10

Star Wars Reads Day. 3:30 p.m. Young people of all ages can dress in a Star Wars costume and make crafts, play games and eat snacks. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. Registration required: (315) 446-3578. CLDandJ.org.

Teen Geeks. 6-8 p.m.; also Oct. 17. Teens can play board games in the first session of the month and video games in the second. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Thursday, Oct. 11

Smartplay. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Children age 6 and under can explore a free-play environment that promotes discovery, creativity and the development of early literacy skills. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Trail Tales. 1 p.m.; also Oct. 25. Children ages 3-5, accompanied by a caregiver, can hear some stories and go on a trail walk. Beaver Lake Nature Center, Route 370, Baldwinsville. $4/parking. (315) 638-2519.

Trading Card Games. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Young people ages 12-18 can join TCG Player for games and prizes. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Open Late Til 8. 4-8 p.m. Half-price admission and hands-on science activities 6-8 p.m., featuring Lawrence Tanner of Le Moyne College. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST). 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Half-price admission: $6/adults; $5/seniors and ages 2-11. (315) 425-9068.

Friday, Oct. 12

Preschool Books and Cooks. Noon-2 p.m. Children ages 3-5 and their families can discover books and tasty recipes. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: lpl.org. (315) 457-0310.

Star Party. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Using a telescope, look for galaxies and clusters, and views of Mars , Jupiter and Saturn. (Backup date: Oct. 13.) Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $9. (315) 673-1350. Register: baltimorewoods.org.

Saturday, Oct. 13

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. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524.

Physics Bus. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Participants of all ages can do experiments in the Physics Bus, a mobile exhibition of upcycled appliances. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. Registration required: (315) 446-3578. CLDandJ.org.

Fishing Class. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Kids of all ages can learn how to fish. 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. Bullhead Point, Lake Neatahwanta, Route 3, Fulton. Free. srybaak@yahoo.com.

Rice Creek Rambles. 11 a.m.; also Oct. 20 & 27. 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. oswego.edu/rice-creek/.

Autumnal Fairy Festival. Noon-4 p.m. Meet the fairy queen, explore the enchanted trails, stroll through the labyrinth, and make fairy houses in the gardens. Costumes are encouraged. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $15. (315) 673-1350. Register: baltimorewoods.org.

Sleeping Beauty. 12:30 p.m. See Oct. 6 listing.

Pumpkins and Spider Plants. 2-3 p.m. Teens and adults can decorate mini pumpkins and learn to grow spider plants from cuttings. Supplies provided. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: onlib.org/events/calendar. (315) 435-1900.

Syracuse Crunch Hockey. 7 p.m. The city’s AHL team takes on the Charlotte Checkers in the first home game of the season. War Memorial Arena, 800 S. State St., Syracuse. $16-$20. (315) 473-4444. syracusecrunch.com.

Sunday, Oct. 14

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. 8:30 a.m., registration; 10 a.m., walk. Walk raises money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. SRC Arena, Onondaga Community College, 4585 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Donations. (315) 433-5635. cancer.org/stridesonline.

Monday, Oct. 15

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

Homeschooling 101 for Parents. 7-8:30 p.m. Parents can hear from a representative of Loving Education at Home, who will review how to complete quarterly reports. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.

Tuesday, Oct. 16

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Wednesday, Oct. 17

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Thursday, Oct. 18

Black Lagoon Stories. 6 p.m. Children ages 4-10 can take part in a fun event based on the series by Mike Thaler. Refreshments provided. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524. salinalibray.org.

Friday, Oct. 19

Create a Haunted Library. 1:30-5:30 p.m. Bring spooky ideas to the library to help create a haunted house. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: lpl.org. (315) 457-0310.

Halloween Drop-In Crafts. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Kids ages 4-12 can make crafts, from treat bags to decorations. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. (315) 454-4524. salinalibray.org.

Teen Movie Night. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Teens can watch Ghostbusters and enjoy pizza and popcorn. Costumes are encouraged. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. Registration required: (315) 446-3578. CLDandJ.org.

Eerie Halloween. 5:30-9 p.m. This family-friendly event will feature: a Halloween movie; a scavenger hunt; a haunted house; blacksmith demonstrations; a costume contest; and more. Dress for the conditions. Chittenango Landing, 717 Lakeport Road, Chittenango. Free. (315) 687-3801. chittenangolanding.com.

Family Dance. 6:30 p.m. People of all ages can take part in fun and simple dances to live music. United Church of Fayetteville, 310 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville. $2/adults; $1/teens & kids. syracusecountrydancers.org/community-dance/.

Saturday, Oct. 20

Lyncourt PTO Craft Fair & Sale. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Shop for handmade goods and other unique gift items. St. Daniel’s Church, 3004 Court St., Syracuse. https://lyncourtpto.weebly.com/2018-2019-craft-fair.html.

Zoo Boo. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; also Oct. 21, 27 & 28. The zoo becomes a kid-friendly haunt with themed treats, creepy-crawly animal encounters, keeper talks, games and more. Costumes are encouraged! Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Zoo Boo participation (for children only): $12/age 3 and up (includes zoo admission); $8/age 2 and under (includes zoo admission). (315) 435-8511. rosamondgiffordzoo.org.

Family Halloween Party. 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Kids and parents can enjoy a party with themed stories, crafts, indoor trick-or-treat stations, and a chance to take photos with costumed characters including Cinderella and Beauty. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. (315) 637-6374. fflib.org.

Haunted Library. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Visit a twisted maze of spookiness; appropriate for all ages, but younger children must be accompanied by adults. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: lpl.org. (315) 457-0310.

Pokemon Open Play. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Children ages 8-12, of all interest and experience levels, can play with other kids and learn from the experts of TCGPlayer. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. (315) 446-3578. CLDandJ.org.

Sleeping Beauty. 12:30 p.m. See Oct. 6 listing.

Happy Owl-ween. 6-8 p.m. See a presentation with live owls, then go on a hike through the forest and grassland with staff. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 Route 89, Savannah. $10/adult; $5/child; $25/family. (315) 365-3588. http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma.

Sunday, Oct. 21

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Monday, Oct. 22

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Tuesday, Oct. 23

Halloween Craft Drop-In. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Children can make a seasonal craft. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. (315) 458-6184.

Wednesday, Oct. 24

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Thursday, Oct. 25

Teen Book Club. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Young people ages 12-18 will discuss Brandy Colbert’s Little and Lion. Central Library, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.

Mystery Adventure. 5 p.m. People of all ages can gather information about who should run a family candy store in a fun Halloween game. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Friday, Oct. 26

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

Saturday, Oct. 27

Sorcerers, Wizards and Witches. 10:30 a.m. Kids and parents can enjoy a Symphoria performance with music on a Halloween-appropriate theme, including a piece by John Williams composed for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The orchestra’s Instrument Discovery Zone opens at 10 a.m., before all Kids’ series performances. Costumes are encouraged for this concert. Inspiration Hall, 709 James St., Syracuse. $15/adults; $10/senior citizens; free/age 17 and under. (315) 299-5598. ExperienceSymphoria.org.

Pumpkin Carving. 11 a.m.-noon; 12:30-1:30 p.m. Kids of all ages can drop in to carve and decorate a pumpkin. Pumpkins, decorations and tools provided. There’ll also be cider and doughnuts. Children under 8 must to accompanied by an adult. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. Registration required: (315) 446-3578. CLDandJ.org.

Be the Scientist. Noon-4 p.m. Explore the activities of a computer scientist with hands-on activities. 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.

Family Day. Noon-3 p.m. Take part in art making; watch a ceramics wheel throwing demo; watch dance performances; and more. Everson Museum of Art. 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 474-6064.

Sleeping Beauty. 12:30 p.m. See Oct. 6 listing.

Sunday, Oct. 28

Spooky Science. Noon-4 p.m. Visit the Sciencenter in costume for tricked-out exhibits, spooky activities and eerie demonstrations. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Free admission. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter.org.

Monday, Oct. 29

Halloween Party. 4 p.m. Children age 2 and up can come in costume, hear spooky stories, make crafts, eat snacks, and go trick-or-treating through the library. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. Registration required: (315) 446-3578. CLDandJ.org.

Tuesday, Oct. 30

Monster Madness. 2:30 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 can make monster slime and book marks, among other activities. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.

Wednesday, Oct. 31

HALLOWEEN

Trick or Treat at the Library. 5-8:30 p.m. Take a break at the library for giveaways and a cup of cider. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. lpl.org. (315) 457-0310.

All Hallows’ Eve Teen Trivia. 6-8 p.m. Teens can test their knowledge of horror, and make fake and edible blood. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. lpl.org. (315) 457-0310.

ONGOING EVENTS

Horseback Riding. Through Oct. 28: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. See Highland Forest on an hour-long guided horseback ride; age 8 and up. Highland Forest Park, Route 80, 3 miles east of Fabius. $35/hour. Reservations required at least 24 hours in advance: (315) 289-3775.

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

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