Author: Family Times

Beaches may not be the first thing you associate with Central New York, but the region is actually home to many family-friendly swimming spots. Here are nine you should visit this summer:1. Delta Lake State Park (Rome)Lake Delta was first created in the early 1900s. These days, the park’s sandy beach, playgrounds, and hiking and nature trails make it a family favorite during the summer months.Where: 8797 State Route 46, Rome. Admission fee: $7/vehicle.More information: parks.ny.gov/parks/deltalake.2. Emerson Park (Auburn)Come to this Finger Lakes park for its beach, then stay for its many other amenities, including playgrounds, disc golf, a dog…

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Miniature GolfBig Don’s Outdoor Fun Center Where: 8408 Button Road, Cicero.More information: bigdons.com.Fairmount Glen Miniature GolfWhere: 210 Onondaga Road, Syracuse.More information: fairmountglen.com.Four Seasons Golf & Ski CenterWhere: 8012 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville.More information: fourseasonsgolfandski.com.Gold Rush Adventure GolfWhere: 4853 NY-233, Westmoreland.More information: goldrushminiaturegolf.weebly.com.Hickory Hill Golf Center Where: 3451 State Route 31, Baldwinsville.More information: hickoryhillgolfcourse.com/amenities/mini-golf.Lakeview LanesWhere: 723 W. Broadway, Fulton.More information: lakeviewbowling.com/mini-golf.Mr. Pudder’s Mini Golf & Ice Cream Where: 687 W. Genesee St. Road, Skaneateles.More information: mrpudders.com.Palm Springs Mini GolfWhere: 9411 Maynard Drive, Marcy.More information: palmspringsminigolf.com.Shipwreck AmusementsWhere: 759 State Route 13, Cortland.More information: shipwreck-amusements.com.Tom Thumb Drive InWhere: 6143 East Lake Road, Auburn.More information: tomthumbdrivein.com.Victory…

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Blueberry CrispRecipe and photo courtesy of HoodIngredients5 cups fresh or frozen blueberries¼ cup sugar3 Tbsp. flour + ¼ cup½ cup oats, raw½ cup packed brown sugar¼ tsp. ground cinnamon¼ cup butter, cold½ cup chopped walnutsHood® Vanilla Bean Ice Cream DirectionsSTEP 1Preheat oven to 375˚F.STEP 2In a medium mixing bowl, gently toss blueberries, sugar, and 3 Tbsp. flour. Place fruit mixture in a 2-quart baking dish. *Thaw frozen berries, but do not drain. STEP 3To make topping, place ¼ cup flour, oats, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a small mixing bowl. Combine well. Add butter and cut in until mixture is crumbly. Stir…

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Now that summer is here, are you looking for some ways to beat the heat – without breaking the bank? Start with this list of Central New York splash pads and spray parks. There are plenty to choose from!Breitbeck Park – 91 Lake St., Oswego.Camillus Park – 1 Pool Road, Camillus.CFJ Park – 98 CFJ Blvd., Johnson City.Columbus Park – 9 Columbus Park East, Binghamton.Comfort Tyler Park – 1100 Comstock Ave., Syracuse.Donovan Memorial Park – Elm St., Chadwicks.Hulett Park – 609 Division St., Fulton.Joseph F. William Memorial Park – 7033 Lakeshore Road, Cicero.Lewis Park – 305 Lewis Ave., Syracuse.Lysander Park…

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Four Ways You Can Celebrate Father’s Day in Central New YorkThis Father’s Day, there’s no need to search far and wide for the perfect celebration. There are plenty of ways to make the day memorable right here in Central New York. Here are four ideas:Catch a baseball game. Celebrate Father’s Day with the Syracuse Mets. Their June 16 matchup with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs will feature Tyler’s Amazing Balancing Act, a jersey giveaway, and a catch with dad on the field once the game is over.Go canoeing or kayaking. If dad loves the outdoors, take the family to Beaver Lake…

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Choosing the right preschool or pre-kindergarten program is crucial for your child’s early development. In hopes of making the process a little bit easier, we compiled a list of some options in Central New York: Bright Visions Early Learning Center Where: 7333 O’Brien Road, Baldwinsville. More information: brightvisionselc.wixsite.com. Cazenovia Children’s House Where: 2757 US-20, Cazenovia. More information: cazkids.org. Children’s Beginnings Where: 100 S. Clinton St., Suite 169, Syracuse. More information: kindercare.com. Childtime Learning Centers Where: 5112 W. Taft Road, Liverpool (Childtime on W. Taft); 4645 Nixon Park Drive, Syracuse (Childtime of Syracuse); 7453 1/2 Morgan Road, Liverpool (Childtime on 1/2 Morgan…

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Baltimore Woods Nature Center Hosts Student Art Exhibit The Student Art Exhibit is returning to the Baltimore Woods Nature Center this month. The nature-inspired artwork, created by elementary, middle, and high schoolers in the Auburn, Marcellus, Onondaga, Skaneateles, and West Genesee Central School Districts, will be on display in the Interpretive Center from May 6-31. “We look forward to this display every year,” said Karen Jean Smith, gallery coordinator, in a press release. “It’s fun to see the enthusiasm expressed by the students in their work and also when they come to see the show. On a more serious note,…

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It’s that time of year again!Are you looking for day camps for your child or teen – but aren’t sure where to start?Whether they are interested in art, sports, or academics (or you’re just looking for a traditional day camp), you’ll find plenty of options in our annual directory.Please note: This information was up to date at the time of publication. Please visit each website to confirm details.   Traditional Day CampsGirl Scouts of NYPENN Pathways – GSNYPENN is operating five camps this summer – and your child doesn’t have to be enrolled in the program to attend any of…

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Symphoria Changes NameA local non-profit organization has a new name. Symphoria, which was founded in 2012, is now The Syracuse Orchestra.“Since our inception, our goal has been to serve the Central New York area through the gift of orchestral music,” it said in a statement on its Facebook page. “As a result, we have received tremendous support from the Syracuse community in ways we couldn’t have imagined…Our vision with this rebrand is to reflect the community that has pillared our organization for so long.”To learn more about The Syracuse Orchestra, visit syracuseorchestra.org. Syracuse Mets Add New Food Option for 2024…

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ARISE at the Farm Where: 1972 New Boston St., Chittenango. More information: ariseinc.org/services. Breitbeck Park Where: 91 W. Lake St., Oswego. More information: oswegony.org/live/parks-playgrounds. Community Park Where: Lions Parkway, Baldwinsville. More information: baldwinsville.org/about/parks. Extraordinary Acres All Inclusive Playground Where: Gerald P. Van Lieu Park, 90 Wilson Road, Central Square. More information: gsnypenn.org. Guyer Field Where: 701 Laurel St., Rome. More information: romenewyork.com/playgrounds. Hamilton Park Where: 237 E. 7th St., Oswego. More information: oswegony.org/live/parks-playgrounds. North Syracuse Early Education Program Where: 205 S. Main St., North Syracuse. More information: nscsd.org. T.R. Proctor Park Where: 1254-1260 Culver Ave., Utica. More information: cityofutica.com. Wegmans…

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