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Though Syracuse is full of fun stuff to do in July, it’s also a great month to get out of town. Where? Maybe to Buffalo! Check out the very full day writer Christine Corrado, her daughter, and their two friends had—despite heavy rain—and see if you agree (page 20). If the story doesn’t convince you, perhaps the photos (shot on a sunny day) will! Or to Orlando! If you want to go, Neil Davis has some tips for you on page 8. Wherever you’re headed, if you’ve got kids who get sick when they’re in a car or on a plane, there are ways to cope (page 10). And what about if you’ll be in town? Well, Family Times would love to see you at the annual Street Painting Festival on Saturday, July 27! That’s where you can make chalk art—like Amiah Crisler, our July cover kid. Or just watch other artists in action. There’s lots to do in July. A selection of what CNY has to offer families can be found in the calendar on page 26. Happy summer!
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Unplanned Orlando An impromptu trip was more than a fantasy | BY NEIL DAVIS JR.
t began with one online ad. I had been innocently reading a news article when my eyes strayed to the sidebar where Disney World was promoting its seasonal vacation deals. The company does this each spring, offering last-minute bargains for any impulse vacationers looking to save a few (hundred) dollars—and willing to brave the humid swamp of central Florida in summer.
going to pull off this trip before school began, we would need to forgo most of the usual preparation. We were already months behind other travelers in booking hotel rooms, restaurant reservations and ride FastPasses. Customized matching T-shirts were out of the question.
Seldom am I enticed by advertising clickbait. But last year, Toy Story Land had just opened in Hollywood Studios, celebrating the animated world where Woody, Buzz and all their friends come to life. My daughter Sadie had been raised on the Toy Story film franchise, and we had been following the construction progress since its announcement. I’m still not sure which of us was more excited.
The short timeframe actually worked in our favor, as there was no chance to stop and ask ourselves questions. Could this even be done? And would it be worth it?
Now, there on my screen, a smiling family was pictured on the new Slinky Dog Dash roller coaster, apparently having way more fun than I was on my couch. Within minutes, I found myself immersed in mouse math, wondering why Disney’s claim of $100 per guest per day sounded so affordable. “Well, that doesn’t include meals,” I said to myself, which only conjured images of me eating a Mickey Ice Cream bar while standing in line for Splash Mountain. That’s when I knew they had me. Food on a stick? Yeah, I’m in. Vacations to Orlando are not meant to be spontaneous. They usually take up to a year of strategic planning, often involving detailed agendas, maps and the sort of tactical preparation rarely seen outside of a military operation. “We roll out at dawn. As we move down Main Street, keep your eyes and your ridiculous fake ears open. Standard formation, two in front scouting balloon vendors while the rest of the troops watch for photo ops with people dressed as animals. If all goes as planned, we will conquer Tomorrowland by noon and we’ll be eating churros in front of the castle when the parade starts.” Planning. of course. takes time, a luxury we did not have. It was already late July and summer was ticking away. If Sadie and I were 8
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“That’s OK,” Sadie said, really meaning it.
Less than three weeks later I would have those answers: Yes and yes! With some ingenuity, an impromptu trip to the theme park capital of the world can be pulled together in very little time. And there are ways to keep it relatively inexpensive while maximizing the fun. For starters, call Disney rather than using the website. A phone representative took my request for a room in the newly renovated part of our hotel and explained how to simplify the check-in process. She also suggested purchasing the basic dining plan—two quick-service meals and two snacks per day—which proved to be ultra-convenient and a bargain. We all know that Disney magic ends at the cash register, so every dollar saved helps. Most importantly, she rush-shipped our MagicBands, the wearable devices that would serve as our park tickets, meal vouchers and room keys. After booking, stalk the Disney website for any cancellations other guests have made. I logged on several times each day, landing reservations to Chef Mickey’s and Be Our Guest, two restaurants usually booked months in advance. FastPasses were less easy to come by, despite my persistence. All of this required some determination. But, a mere 18 days later, our trip went from concept to liftoff. To infinity, and beyond! More accurately, we had snagged the last two seats on the early JetBlue flight, direct from Syracuse to Orlando. Having no layover
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was key, as the timing of our arrival would dictate what we could accomplish on that first day. We landed at 9 a.m., took the free Disney’s Magical Express bus to our hotel, dropped off our bags, and used the Lyft app to get to Universal Studios Florida for some wizarding with Harry Potter and company. At 11:15 a.m., we walked through the gate, having completed the journey more quickly than broom travel. Over the next three days, we visited five theme parks and went on more than 50 rides, several of them twice. We skipped shows that would eat up our time and avoided rides with long lines. Staying on site allowed us to take advantage of all the free transportation, including buses, boats and monorails. It also granted us access to Extra Magic Hours: morning and evening time slots when Disney parks are open solely to guests staying in its hotels. We opened two parks, riding the wave of other guests scrambling to get in line for the more popular attractions. Upon entering Hollywood Studios, we sprinted to Toy Story Land where the new coaster awaited us, the presumed highlight of our trip. We bypassed one prime photo spot after another, rushing only to find . . . a broken ride. The line was 90 minutes long and growing. We stood there in shock, having no idea when the coaster might come back on track. I began to panic, unlike my daughter. “We’re getting on that ride,” she assured me, saying it with the conviction teens usually reserve for ordering at Moe’s Southwest Grill. With everyone stuck in line, we had free rein over the rest of the park. And Sadie was right: We rode the roller coaster twice that day. Our Toy Story had a happy ending. Feeling this adventurous? Then act fast. This year, the summer deals end on Aug. 28. Why? Because the next day, Disney’s Star Wars-themed land opens. If you choose instead to join those intergalactic crowds, may the force be with you. Neil Davis works at Bristol-Myers Squibb and lives in Liverpool with his daughter, Sadie, age 17.
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Calming Commotion How to deal with car sickness and more | BY CHRISTY PERRY TUOHEY
ummer vacation is here. You may have road trip plans, airline reservations or a booked berth on a cruise ship. For some travelers, this may also mean motion sickness season. The good news: There are remedies, both medicines and non-drug treatments, that will help prevent and treat queasy stomachs.
Meclizine is a prescription antihistamine that comes in chewable and non-chewable tablet form. Brand names for meclizine include Dramamine II and Antivert. Meclizine is used to prevent and control nausea, vomiting, dizziness and vertigo by blocking the brain signals that lead to motion sickness. Your pediatrician can advise you on whether it’s right for your child.
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Children under age 3 typically are not affected by motion sickness, but older children may be, according to Syracuse family physician Jennifer McCaul. “Age 9 sees the maximum incidence of motion sickness, but then it tends to get slowly better over time,” she said, “except for people who don’t grow out of it at all.” She added that women are more likely than men to experience travel-related nausea, vomiting or dizziness.
Teenagers and adults may avoid seasickness with a medicated patch worn behind the ear. The patch emits the drug scopolamine and can be left on for three days at a time. “You change the patch every three days, and it gives off the medicine and decreases the seasickness,” McCaul said.
A physical disconnect can cause stomachs in motion to churn. “It’s kind of like input that’s coming into your body from your eyes and from your middle ear, your balance center,” McCaul said. “When you’re in a car or on a ship, your eyes think that you’re actually stationary, but your vestibular system is telling you that you’re moving.” For your vacation-planning purposes, here are some doctor-recommended and parent-tested ideas for avoiding motion sickness.
Anti-nausea medicines For long car drives or airplane flights, McCaul recommends the tried-and-true over-the-counter drugs Dramamine or Benadryl, brand names for antihistamines dimenhydrinate and diphenhydramine. McCaul’s own daughter benefits from Dramamine when flying and she says that the drowsiness of the medicine helps her sleep. Non-drowsy antihistamines are not as effective in treating dizziness or nausea. “I think it’s probably because when you use something like Benadryl, you’re actually trying to kind of harness its side effects,” she explained. “Those side effects cause dry mouth, decrease the nausea, decrease the stomach rolling. So, basically, they are helpful.” 10
The maker of the Transderm Scop patch warns that there are no known safe or effective levels of scopolamine in children, so it’s critical to consult with a physician before considering this for younger children.
Non-drug options Drug-free preventatives for motion sickness include wristbands, ginger candies and changing positions in moving vehicles. There are anti-nausea wristbands available online or at local pharmacies that are safe for children to use. The elastic bands are fitted with small nobs that press on the acupressure point P-6, also called Neiguan, to relieve nausea associated with travel, pregnancy and even chemotherapy. The Sea Band brand is available for less than $10 at many stores. “I swear by candied ginger,” said Sherry Allen, a Syracuse artist, teacher, mother and grandmother. She experienced motion sickness into adulthood. “When I was traveling, the candied ginger was a saving grace.” The combination of the spice ginger and sugar in hard or chewy candies can be an effective combo for settling stomachs. McCaul cited a study done by Danish scientists in which naval cadets experiencing seasickness were given either powdered ginger root or a placebo. The ginger significantly reduced vomiting and cold sweats in the sailors.
Maybe you’ve found, as Central New York mom and professor Tula Goenka did with her son Curran, that milk or other liquids before travel increased the odds of his becoming motion sick. She said she tried “all sorts of things, including making sure he didn’t drink milk or eat cereal with milk before getting into the car.” In a Mayo Clinic online article, Dr. Jay L. Hoecker writes that certain other foods eaten before or during trips may be problematic as well, especially spicy or greasy ones. Bland snacks, like dry crackers and clear liquids, are better to give the kids when road hunger strikes. He also suggests that keeping fresh air flowing through the vehicle can sometimes help. Other parents know that when their kids read or look at electronic devices, they are more likely to feel ill in the car. That can be a real challenge when peace and quiet makes driving easier. “Avoiding reading or looking at a screen during a car trip, which when you think about what our kids do in cars now it’s almost impossible, then fixating on the horizon in front of you will help,” the doctor said. For some children, simply changing the sitting position in a car or other moving vehicle can help with motion sickness. A spot where a child can focus on the view through the windshield is best. “Have them change where they sit in the car as far toward the front as is practical, or sit in the middle of the back seat instead of the side so that they have to look straight ahead at the horizon instead of looking out the windows,” McCaul advised. Christy Perry Tuohey is an author, journalist and freelance writer living in Syracuse.
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t just 12 years old, Amiah Crisler has already learned the importance of building a well-balanced life. For her, creativity is an important aspect of that. But this wise young painter, who just completed sixth grade at Ed Smith Pre-K-8 School in Syracuse, is already looking beyond her own work. She’s planning a career to help other young people find their own creative paths.
Amiah is a two-time first-place winner of the youth division of the Family Times Street Painting Contest, in which participants use chalk to create art on sidewalk squares on Montgomery Street near downtown Syracuse’s City Hall. She also won the People’s Choice Award in the competition last year. But her preferred medium is acrylic paint. Her parents, Kelly and Shaun, helped Amiah set up a small studio in their Syracuse home. “Art was always one of my favorite subjects, and something that I loved to do at school, especially at a young age,” Amiah says. “I remember my mom always telling me that I would always come home with drawings, finger paintings, and different pictures. I probably really started when I was about 4.”
A Painter Paints For as long as she can remember, Amiah has enjoyed not only the process of creating art, but also the responses. “I remember, probably when I was about 7, my mom bought me an acrylic set for Christmas. I did my first-ever painting—which was a flower.” She still has it upstairs in the bathroom.
Portrait of an Artist A Syracuse preteen paints, draws and explores STORY BY TAMMY DiDOMENICO PHOTOS BY MICHAEL DAVIS 12
Amiah figures she has completed about 48 paintings so far. And she has started to branch out into other mediums. Pottery is a growing interest. Various projects are displayed in the family’s living room, which doubles as her sister Aubrey’s gymnastics practice space. When asked if she thinks schools give enough attention to the arts, Amiah hesitates. “I think schools should go deeper into art or have field trips. We could go to the YMCA and learn about wheel throwing. Or we could have a painting day maybe like once a month. I feel that that’s important. Art can encourage people to find out who they are and who they want to be.” For the past four years, Amiah has worked with a private teacher: Patti Stevens at Shades of Orange. “If I get stuck, she encourages me to keep going and see what happens instead of just giving up and starting all over,” Amiah says. “She has helped me learn different techniques, recognize patterns and learn about color schemes.” She likes to follow other young artists online and share thoughts on inspiration and creativity. “I do look at online paintings. Actually, the way I learn best is to look at cartoon versions of things I want to paint,” Amiah says. “The realistic versions are actually harder to paint. I look at the cartoon versions and (they end) up being more realistic when I paint them.” Amiah isn’t sure that she has a distinct artistic style of her own yet. She says her work is distinguished by her love of vibrant color. This was definitely a factor in both drawings she did during the Family Times Street Painting Contests. “The first was a peacock, and it was actually (based on) one of the first oil paintings I did,” she says. “The second one I did was an abstract dog; I call him Sherbet because I used a lot of different colors.
I felt confident to express myself more freely and do the things I love. “When I was drawing Sherbet, people stopped me and said that they saw a lot of different animals in him. That’s one reason why I think it’s pretty popular. There are animals like monkeys, birds, baboons, chickens. People just saw a lot.” Amiah entered the contest the first time on a whim. “It wasn’t my intent to win first place,” she says. “My intent was to have fun.” As for her idea for this year’s contest, she says she would prefer to keep that a secret. Inspiration, she says, can come from anywhere. “For example, when I am painting, I like to see an image and—I like to say—Amiahfy it, kind of put a twist on it. During the winter, I like to paint animals. During the spring and summer, I like to paint flowers. It goes on from there.”
Art for All For the past year or so, she has been running a website—Artsy Amiah—to sell copies of her prints and a few merchandised items featuring her paintings. The positive feedback has built her confidence. “I was ready because my followers gave me that comfort. I felt confident to express myself more freely and do the things I love.” Crisler’s parents help her navigate every step of her online business. Sherbet is available on T-shirts, and a few other designs have been fashioned into hats and specialty items. (Joe Inzalaco of The Studio 15 in Syracuse assists the Crislers with the merchandising.) They are careful to ensure that social media and her entrepreneurial ventures do not become too much of a priority. “We want her to keep having her creative freedom,” says Kelly Crisler. “Also, we want her to have time for other things, time to just be a kid.” Amiah’s 10-year-old sister, Aubrey, is just as enthusiastic about gymnastics as she is about her art. Kelly Crisler, a Ph.D. candidate who has worked as an educator for 15 years, says she and her husband have always approached parenting with the idea of letting their girls follow their individual strengths. “I’ve always said, ‘If that’s what you’re gravitating to, let me support you.’” Even Amiah’s lessons with Stevens of Shades of Orange are relaxed. Kelly Crisler says, “She will give her a challenge and offer suggestions. She uses open-ended questions to get Amiah thinking about her painting instead of rigid instruction.” continued on page 14
On this and the facing page, Amiah Crisler shows some of her paintings. Acrylic paint is her preferred medium. FAMILY TIMES JULY 2019
Amiah Crisler and her parents, Shaun and Kelly, and her sister, Aubrey. continued from page 13 Stevens, who has been teaching in her Syracuse studio for over nine years, says Amiah exemplifies many of the reasons she started teaching art.
Amiah recently took a short break from painting to focus on other things. Kelly Crisler says she never wants her daughter to feel that her art is something she “has” to do.
“She is so easy to guide and teach because of her eagerness to learn new techniques,” Stevens says. “When she is painting or drawing, she creates without fear, and her free spirit really shows through. I have loved having her in my many classes and events over the past four years and watching her evolve into an amazing artist. It’s why I do what I do.
Looking ahead, Amiah says that although she is very young, she expects that art will continue to be a part of her life . “I already am, but I want to be an entrepreneur and open my own business called Artsy Things. I already have a website, but I want to have an actual store where I could help kids—or even adults—explore their natural talents. I could have things like coding, robotics, painting. I could host birthday parties there, and I could sell some of my products and paintings there. I think it would be really cool.”
“My studio has always been a place to learn, explore and really just have fun!” Stevens says. “Amiah is a great success story to me and makes me so glad I quit the corporate world to do what I love to do.”
Creating a World Citizen From January to April of 2018, the Crislers traveled with the Colorado-based Semester at Sea program, and visited 15 countries, including South Africa, Morocco, Japan, China, Portugal and Germany. The experience was eye-opening for the young artist. “The art was different. They express themselves differently. They use different techniques and patterns, and they use different materials,” Amiah says. The trip enabled the family to immerse themselves in the culture in each of the countries. Amiah says it has taken a while to process everything she saw and experienced on the trip, and she hopes to return to some of the countries. 14
No matter where her imagination takes her, Amiah Crisler says she expects that she will always be creative. And she hopes that one day she can help others do the same. “People might not like drawing, or they may not think they are good at drawing, but that doesn’t mean that they have to quit art,” Amiah says. “Art can take different forms. Everybody can express their natural talents in different ways.” Award-winning writer Tammy DiDomenico lives in DeWitt with her husband and two sons.
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Month A microd is a closed or open wheeled miniature racing vehicle powered by an overhead one-cylinder motor. The Syracuse Microd Club was incorporated in 1955. The same year it built a track on the land that eventually became part of the New York State Fairgrounds. The Quarter Midget Club started sharing the Microd Club’s track about 20 years later, according to a history of the two clubs on SyracuseQMC.com, written by Janice Davis. The clubs became a single club in the early 1980s.
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Racing teaches our children: sportsmanship, respect for the rights of others, responsibility, teamwork, cooperation, confidence, self-reliance, fair play, patience, driving skills.
The Syracuse Microd/Quarter Midget Club’s regular racing season runs from April through August. Races take place on Sunday afternoons during the school year and Thursday nights during the summer. Some 35 boys and girls, ages 5 to 18, participate in the competitions.
Pictured are members (and a guest) of the Syracuse Microd/Quarter Midget Club: back row: Mikayla Laflair, Hannah Doll, Cayden Warren, Keegan Pellett, Allison Rushlo, Tessa Crawford. Middle row: Kaden Robinson, Nolan Allen, Dayton Goodfellow, CJ Crawford, Aj Salizar, Hunter Hort, Casey Doll, Adam Doll, Olivia Kapuscinski, Cecelia Warren, Savannah Laflair, Cadence Crawford, Lilli Hort, Jennifer Doak. Front row: Kaitlin Jones, Mason Deaver, Tyler Cooper, Aaden Quonce, James Layton. 16
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f your kid wants to race cars, there’s a local club for that. The Syracuse Microd/Quarter Midget Club holds races weekly on a 1/10 mile paved oval track at the State Fairgrounds near gate 6.
A microd is either a closed or open wheel miniature vehicle powered by an overhead engine built for racing.
—Jeanne Ferguson, Microd Club treasurer
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The word ‘microd’ comes from ‘micro hot rod.’ Bob Robinson of Skaneateles is credited with building the first microd in 1954 for a Fresh Air Fund child visiting from New York City that summer. “Each driver gets to race two races at an event. They race a heat race, which is 10 or 12 laps depending on the class they are in,” Jeanne Ferguson, club treasurer and lifetime member, wrote in an email. The heat race is followed by a feature race of 20 to 25 laps, depending on the driver’s class. The club’s two divisions are Microd and Open Wheel, and each division has five classes, from Junior Novice to Mod. Cars have roll cages, five-point safety harnesses, and guards and shields. Drivers wear helmets, gloves and wrist restraints. NASCAR veteran Regan Smith, who grew up in Cato before his family moved to North Carolina, raced on the fairgrounds track at one time. Last year two of the club’s strongest competitors were Casey Doll and Kaitlin Jones, who both were awarded Driver of the Year for the 2018 season, Ferguson said. Though individual drivers might race and win awards, the club runs on the efforts of families. Parents, friends and family members volunteer as judges, tech inspectors, scorers, and pit crew members. Ferguson has been with the club going on 21 years; her son raced with the group for 11 years before leaving to race dirt modifieds. The Wilcox family has been with the club for 40 years. Tom Wilcox and Carl Crawford are presidents of the club. “We are always looking for new members,” Ferguson said. “Our races are free admission. We have many families that will let a child test drive a car to see if they like it before they join.” —Reid
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PREP WORK Keep your family’s food safe this summer |
ou may think keeping food safe isn’t that big of a deal, yet foodborne illness is responsible for more than 3,000 deaths per year in the United States, and one in six Americans will get sick from food poisoning this year. Taking the proper steps to prepare and store food can minimize your risk and keep you and your family safe.
Wash The first important step in keeping food safe is proper cleaning, which includes: handwashing, cleaning all working surfaces, and proper washing of fruits and vegetables. Handwashing: Proper handwashing removes harmful germs and bacteria to keep them from contaminating your food. To practice proper handwashing: Start by rinsing your hands with warm or cold running water, then apply soap, scrub vigorously and be certain to wash the backs of your hands, in between your fingers, and even under your nails. Continue to wash your hands for 20 seconds or more. Then dry your hands with a clean towel or paper towel. QUICK TIP: Teach your children (and yourself!) to sing the “Happy Birthday Song” two times while washing their hands. Throughout food preparation, there are many times you will need to wash your hands again: after cracking or working with raw egg; after touching raw meat, fish, shellfish or poultry; after using the bathroom; after blowing your nose. 18
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Surfaces and utensils: Wash all surfaces such as counters and make sure cutting boards are washed with hot soapy water before working on them and after working on them. Even during food preparation, you need to clean the working surfaces again. For example, if you are preparing raw chicken and then making a salad, you must clean the cutting board and work surface after working with the chicken before moving onto the salad. Taking this step will help prevent contaminating the fresh vegetables. This also goes for utensils and serving platters. In between handling raw meat, fish or shellfish, or poultry, you should clean the utensils and serving platter with warm soapy water; otherwise, if you use the utensil or platter for the cooked item, you will cross-contaminate the cooked food. Food: All fruits and vegetables should be washed before cutting them. This also goes for fruits and vegetables whose skin or peel you don’t eat, like watermelon, cantaloupe or carrots. Start by cutting away any bruised or damaged areas, then rinse the produce under running water. You do not need to use soap or special chemicals. Washing them will clean the surface of potentially harmful bacteria. Without washing the outside, when you cut into the vegetable or fruit you will transfer bacteria from the outside onto the part of the fruit or vegetable that you are going to consume. Plus you will contaminate the cutting board that you are working on.
DID YOU KNOW: You should not rinse raw poultry, meat, eggs, shellfish or fish because rinsing it can spread harmful bacteria to countertops or work surfaces.
Separate There are several phases of separating food that are paramount to avoid cross-contamination, including: at the grocery store, in the refrigerator, and during food preparation. At the grocery store, keep raw eggs, meat, poultry, shellfish and fish separate from fresh ingredients like fruits and vegetables. This will help to prevent bacteria from the food or its juices from contaminating other foods. In the refrigerator, store raw eggs, meat, poultry, shellfish and fish in bags or containers. This will stet the juices or the product from contaminating other foods. Keep eggs in their carton to contain any potential leaking if an egg should crack. Also, when possible, strategically place fresh and already cooked items on shelves above raw eggs, meat, poultry, shellfish and fish in the refrigerator. During food preparation, when possible use a separate cutting board for working with raw meat, poultry, shellfish or fish—or carefully wash the cutting board in between preparation steps.
Cook Cooking foods to the proper temperatures will ensure that the food reaches a temperature that will destroy harmful
bacteria. The correct temperature varies from food to food. For example: All poultry needs to reach at least 165 degrees F., egg dishes need to reach at least 160 degrees F., and all pork needs to reach at least 145 degrees F. (plus a three-minute rest time before serving). For more on safe temperatures, see the USDA Food Safety Minimum Temperature chart (https://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/mintemp.html). Using a food thermometer is a great way to take the guesswork out of knowing if something is cooked thoroughly. This will allow you to check the internal temperature of the item and then follow the temperature chart to ensure the food is reaching the proper temperature.
Chill and Store After you have safely prepared and eaten the food, leftovers need to be chilled and stored properly. Any leftover food should be refrigerated within two hours; when it is 90 degrees or warmer, leftovers should be refrigerated within one hour. Chilling the food keeps it in a safe temperature zone. The “danger zone” for food is between 40 and 140 degrees; in this range if there are harmful bacteria in a food, it will flourish and multiply. Food should not be thawed
on the counter as the food will be in a temperature zone where bacteria can grow. It’s a good practice to label and date items when you put them in the refrigerator so you can keep track of how long something has been stored. In general, leftovers can be safely stored for three to four days. Did you know: You can freeze leftovers, but freezing food will not destroy harmful bacteria, so it is important to reheat leftovers to at least 165 degrees F. to destroy any harmful bacteria.
Picnics When you are headed to a picnic, take careful steps to safely transfer the foods. Start by using an insulated cooler filled with ice or ice packs to transport food. PICNIC PACKING TIP: Use one cooler for drinks and keep a different one for food. This will help minimize the opening and closing of the food cooler and help the temperature of the food stay within a safe range. Foods that need to be kept cold include: meat, poultry, fish or seafood; deli meat and cheese; prepared sandwiches; salads (such as macaroni or pasta salad); cut fruit and vegetables; and dairy products. Raw meat, poultry, fish and seafood must be
stored in containers or bags to keep juices from getting on prepared foods.
Packing Lunches Take the aforementioned same careful steps to prepare foods for lunches going to day camp with your children. To help keep food at a safe temperature during transit and until it is lunchtime, pack food in an insulated tote to help keep cold foods cold. Pack food the night before and store it in the refrigerator to chill it. Add one to two ice packs to the insulated tote to help keep food cold. Place the ice packs strategically—next to yogurt, salad, or a sandwich, for instance. These simple steps will help to keep food in a safe range. LUNCH PACKING TIP: Freeze yogurt tubes or milk boxes to double as an ice pack. Wishing you and your family a safe and healthy summer!
Molly Morgan is a registered dietitian and author of three books. She lives in the Southern Tier area with her two children and husband. Visit her website at creativenutritionsolutions.com.
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A TREK to the QUEEN CITY
Buffalo offers a lively waterfront and more BY CHRISTINE CORRADO | PHOTOS BY MICHAEL DAVIS
lanning a summer excursion with a tween can be tricky: You want an adventure that is neither too babyish nor too sophisticated for a 10- to 12-year-old. I found just the right destination: Buffalo.
A straight shot on I-90 just two and a half hours to the west of Syracuse, Buffalo is fun for a day trip or a longer getaway. This western New York city once had a reputation for being dowdy, but in recent years it’s come into its own. Today the city overflows with outdoor activities, history, food and entertainment for all ages. My daughter, Renata, age 12, and I invited another mother-daughter pair along for the day. The moms packed plenty of snacks, and the daughters brought along books and games. We left in time to arrive at Canalside Buffalo, the revitalized waterfront on the Buffalo River at Lake Erie just before 10 a.m., when attractions began to open. One of Buffalo’s nicknames, “The Queen City,” derives from its status as the second-largest city in New York state. On the boardwalk, a sign noted that the location was at the west end of the Erie Canal, which opened in 1825 to “carry products and people between Lake Erie and the Hudson River” and back again from Albany to Buffalo. Seeing the marker, I broke into the opening verses of the “Erie Canal Song” (“I’ve got a mule and her name is Sal. . . ”). The girls fled to the nearby lawn full of colorful Adirondack chairs to distance themselves from the spectacle. There’s a ton of programming scheduled for Canalside throughout the summer, ranging from yoga on the lawn, to live music, to touring historic tall ships docked in the harbor. Be sure to check out the calendar at canalsidebuffalo.com before scheduling your visit. Important tween travel tip: Don’t leave the waterfront without getting a selfie with Buffalo’s newest icon, Shark Girl. And if the weather is in your favor, we recommend taking a spin on one of the Reddy Bikes, which are parked on the wharf. My daughter and her bestie had picked the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park as our first stop. The park opened in the summer of 1979 with a mission to develop community appreciation of the U.S. Armed Forces, honor veterans, and inspire citizens. Home to the USS Little Rock (the only guided missile cruiser open to the public), the destroyer USS The Sullivans (a National Historic Landmark), and submarine USS Croaker (on the National and New York registers of historic places), it met its mission with military precision while meeting our mission of staying dry during the rain. We started with a walk through the museum, a small but mighty collection of military memorabilia. While we mothers ambled through the exhibits, the girls zipped from one interactive display to another, looping back to announce bits of trivia they’d learned. “Mom! Did you know that in World War II, Monopoly games were sent to POWs and they had secret escape route maps in them?” “Mama! Did you know that soldiers got candy in their rations for
quick energy?” “Moooooom! Did you know that Wrigley’s gum was used to patch jeep tires, gas tanks and even life rafts? Eeeewww!” Next, we toured the three ships docked outside. The self-guided tour begins on The Sullivans, following the yellow tour route lines for safety—and to ensure we could find our way out of the depths of these massive structures. The vessels are definitely not stroller-friendly or ADA-compliant. If you struggle with stairs, ladders or narrow passageways, this attraction might not be for you. The girls—full of imagination and energy—took off down the yellow line ahead of us. When we reunited after passing through The Little Rock and Croaker, it was the moms who had trivia to share. “Girls! Did you know that the Navy term for ‘drinking fountain’ is scuttlebutt?” “Hey girls! Did you know—?” They didn’t, and they were done. Famished. Time for lunch. There are plenty of options for food and drink on the waterfront and adjacent streets, ranging from the Liberty Hound inside the Naval and Military Park’s museum to a uniquely historic take on a Tim Hortons on a nearby side street, to ice cream, beer gardens and food trucks along the boardwalk. You could easily make a full day of it on the waterfront alone. If that’s your plan, we recommend lunching in the area, then heading to the Explore and More Children’s Museum (in its brand-new Canalside location), taking a Harbor Cruise, or
Scenes on the Buffalo waterfront: opposite page, Spirit of Buffalo cruise ship. This page, top to bottom: vessels docked at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park; Canalside sign; Adirondack chairs on the lawn next to the canal.
hopping on a Reddy Bike for a 20-minute pedal over to the Times Beach Nature Preserve for birdwatching. We followed up on a friend’s strong recommendation of an all-time favorite pizza place and drove a half-hour to visit Rocco’s Wood Fired Pizza. If you didn’t know what you were looking for, you’d never notice the storefront on the endless strip mall of Transit Road in Williamsville. The blandness of the suburban plaza’s façade in no way represents the quality of the experience inside. The décor is a blend of classy bistro with a touch of cheesy Italian restaurant, just right for family dining, even with kids younger than ours. The menu features roasted wings (a unique take on classic Buffalo wings), eggplant parmesan, beans and greens, meatballs in sauce, and more. But the main attraction is the wood-fired pizza. Choose from fancy topping combos like prosciutto, fig puree, pickled red onion, gorgonzola, mozzarella and arugula. If you’re trying to satisfy a young person’s selective palate, you can go with standard toppings on one half and try more grown-up options like broccoli rabe and hot cherry peppers on the other, as we did. The stop was well worth the trek to the ’burbs. And, considering the relative proximity to I-90, you could easily make this your dinner destination before heading home. The girls took responsibility for choosing our afternoon adventure from a short list, limited primarily by the unrelenting rain: the Albright Knox Gallery; the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens; the Buffalo Museum of Science; the Burchfield Penney Art Center; Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House; and the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum. Using our phones, they researched features, hours of admission, and directions. The girls chose the Botanical Gardens. It took 30 minutes to reach the national historic site. The conservatory was modeled after the famous Crystal Palace in England. When it opened in 1900 it was the third largest public greenhouse in the United States and the ninth largest in the world. It was a highlight of the 1901 Pan-American Expo, but by 1929 the city of Buffalo was considering demolition. But thanks to visionary volunteers who took up the cause, this gorgeous structure still stands.
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A glimpse of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, with a conservatory that opened in 1900. Below, some of the plants. continued from page 21 Guided tours of room after room of exotic plants can be booked with at least three weeks’ advance notice, but the sprawling complex is well-suited to just wandering wherever your kids’ curiosity leads. We recommend bringing cameras or letting the kids commandeer parents’ phones to photograph the flowers. As they did on the ships, the girls leapt ahead of us slower adults. Without the benefit of a yellow line to keep us all on the same track, it was more complicated to stay connected. When we reunited in the gift shop and took a look at the girls’ snapshots, we were blown away by the beauty they captured. The conservatory closes at 4:30 p.m., but that will give you time for the most important item on any summer agenda: ice cream. The challenge on a rainy day is finding a place where you can enjoy your sweet treat indoors.
Thank goodness for Antoinette’s Sweets. This little shop and parlor on Transit Road in Depew, not too far from our lunch spot, has been serving up sponge candy, molded chocolate treats, and ice cream concoctions since 1915. Take in the visual extravaganza of the candies on one side of the crowded space, then head over to the long counter to place your ice cream order. There’s plenty of seating in booths and at bistro tables indoors. With our craving for a sweet conclusion satisfied, and tired out from a full day, it was an easy three-minute hop from Antoinette’s to the Thruway and our way home. We’ll be back. Christine Corrado is a freelance writer who lives in Brighton with her husband, daughter and cats.
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ALBRIGHT KNOX GALLERY. 1285 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. (716) 882-8700. albrightknox.org. Adults, $16; youth (ages 6-18), $9; children 5 and under, free. BUFFALO AND ERIE COUNTY BOTANICAL GARDENS. 2655 South Park Ave., Buffalo. (716) 827-1584. buffalogardens.com. Adults, $11; seniors (62-plus), $10; students (13-plus with identification), $9; ages 3-12, $6; age 2 and under, free. BUFFALO AND ERIE COUNTY NAVAL AND MILITARY PARK. One Naval Park Cove, Buffalo. (716) 847-1773. buffalonavalpark.org. Adult (13-64), $15; over 65, $12; ages 5-12, $9. BUFFALO MUSEUM OF SCIENCE. 1020 Humboldt Parkway, Buffalo. (716) 896-5200. sciencebuff.org. Adults, $13; age 62 and older, students, and children 2-17, $10. BURCHFIELD PENNEY ART CENTER. 1300 Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. (716) 878.6011. burchfieldpenney.org. Adults, $10; seniors (age 62-plus), $8; students, $5; age 10 and under, free when accompanied by a paid adult. EXPLORE AND MORE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM. 130 Main St., Buffalo. (716) 655-5131. exploreandmore.org. Adults and children over age 1, $11; children under age 1, free. FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S MARTIN HOUSE. 125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo. (877) 377-3858. martinhouse.org. See website for guided tour descriptions, schedules and ticket prices. Note: The house is not wheelchair-accessible. HERSCHELL CARROUSEL FACTORY MUSEUM. 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda. (716) 693-1885. carrouselmuseum.net. Adults (age 16 and older), $7; over 65 years, $5; ages 2-15; under 2, free. Admission includes one ride token; additional tokens 50 cents.
FAIR WEATHER FUN CANALSIDE BUFFALO. 3 Marine Drive, Buffalo. buffalowaterfront.com/canalside. HARBOR CRUISE. 79 Marine Drive, Buffalo. (Dock is at the entrance of Erie Basin Marina.) (800) 244-8684. buffaloharborcruises.com. Two-hour narrated cruise, $8.50 per person; other sightseeing cruises from $13-$32 per person; under 3, free. REDDY BIKE SHARE. Hub at Canalside at Naval Park, 3-7 Marine Drive, Buffalo; other hubs throughout Buffalo. (716) 407-7474. reddybikeshare.socialbicycles.com. Two-day pass, $3 to start, plus 10 cents per minute to ride. TIMES BEACH NATURE PRESERVE. Coast Guard Station South Road, Buffalo. (716) 896-1271. friendsoftimesbeachnp.org.
WHERE TO EAT ANTOINETTE’S SWEETS. 5981 Transit Road, Depew. (716) 684-2376. antoinettesbuffalo.com. LIBERTY HOUND. One Naval Park Cove, Buffalo. (716) 8459173. libertyhoundbuffalo.com. ROCCO’S WOOD FIRED PIZZA. 5433 Transit Road, Williamsville. (716) 247-5272. roccoswoodfiredpizza.com. Buffalo sights (top to bottom): Canalside table tennis; Albright Knox Gallery outdoor sculpture; Reddy bike share on the wharf; and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House.
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FRIDAY, JUNE 28 BubbleCircus. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Doug Rougeux
presents a soapy show with mime, juggling and bubbles. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.
Pride Picnic. 2-4 p.m. Celebrate the end of Pride
Month with food, games and face painting. The library will provide pizza and soda. Participants may bring a dish to share if they wish. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. (315) 458-6184. nopl.org.
Summer Learning Kickoff Party. 2:30 p.m.
Children of all ages can find out about summer reading and planned activities. Central Library, KidSpace (Level 2), 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.
Giant Jenga for Teens. 3-4 p.m. Larger-than-life
SATURDAY, JUNE 29 Cherry Festival. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; also June 30.
Annual festivalâ€™s activities include picking of cherries (sweet and sour); live music; chucking spuds with a giant slingshot; and crafts for sale. Varick Winery, 5102 Route 89, Romulus. Free admission. (315) 549-1004. www.varickinn.com.
Be the Scientist. Noon-4 p.m.
Explore the activities of an entomologist. 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.
Jamesville Balloonfest. 1-11 p.m.; through June 30. See June 28 listing.
SUNDAY, JUNE 30 Cherry Festival. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. See June 29 listing.
blocks allow participants to build a tower even taller than they are. NOPL Brewerton, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. (315) 676-7484.
Jamesville Balloonfest. 1-10 p.m. See June 28
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MONDAY, JULY 1
30. 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) 7039620. www.syracuseballoonfest. com.
A Universe of Reading. 10 a.m.-noon; also July
3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 29 & 31. Readers of all ages can enjoy the Dinosaur Garden to check in with reading club progress, play games or relax in the outdoors. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.
Big Bang Babies and Books. 10:30-11:30 a.m.; also July 8, 15, 22 & 29. Children from birth to 18 months can experience sounds and the structure
of language through rhythm, rhyme and repetition. The program is 15 minutes, followed by play time. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.
Zoo to You. 2 p.m. See a presentation by a
staffer from the Rosamond Gifford Zoo. Fairmount Community Library, 406 Chapel Dr., Syracuse. Free. (315) 487-8933. fairmountlibrary.org.
Yoga for Everyone. 6 p.m.; Mondays. A class of
gentle yoga. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940.
Dan the Snakeman. 6:30 p.m. Learn about reptiles in an interactive show. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. (315) 435-3636.
TUESDAY, JULY 2 First Steps. 9:30-10 a.m.; also July 16 & 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.
Storytime in the Park. 10:15-10:45 a.m.; and
several other dates in July. 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 LPL2Go Book Bike Bike Cart. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.
Baby Storytime. 10:30-11 a.m.; also July 16 &
30. Babies, up to age 2, 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.
Manlius July Fourth Festival. Noon-8 p.m.
Traditional events include a parade, food, carnival games and rides, and fireworks. 1 Arkie Albanese Ave. and other locations, Manlius. Free to watch; fees for rides. (315) 682-7887.
A Visit with CNY Nature. 2-3 p.m. Children of all ages can learn with CNY Nature. Central Library, KidSpace (Level 2), 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.
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Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m.; Saturdays.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 3 Read, Sing, Play Storytime. 10:30-11 a.m.; also July 10, 17, 24 & 31. Children of all ages, accompanied by caregivers, can enjoy this storytime. Central Library, KidSpace (Level 2), 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.
Weekly interactive experience has a different theme each week. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/general admission, ages 2-64; $7/ seniors; free/under 2. (607) 272-0600. sciencenter. org.
Sunset Canoe Tour. 7-9 p.m.; also July 20. Go
Teens can come and talk about anime. Cosplay is okay, but library staff must approve. Presented by Liverpool Public Library. Dunkin’ Donuts, 105 Second St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.
on a guided paddle around the lake in search of wildlife, including great blue herons and beavers. Beaver Lake Nature Center, East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $20/canoe, including rental. $4/vehicle. Registration required: (315) 638-2519.
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about various critters and engage in take-home learning activities. Presented by Fairmount Community Library. Shove Park, 1 Shove Park Dr., Camillus. (315) 487-8933. fairmountlibrary.org.
Teen Drum Circle. 2-3 p.m. Young people ages
12 to 20 can come to a drum circle led by Sandra Sabene. Central Library, Community Room (Level 1), 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.
Young Naturalists. 4:30-5:30 p.m.; also July 15, performance features patriotic selections and music by John Williams and Leonard Bernstein. Beard Park, Route 257/Lincoln Avenue, Fayetteville. Free. (315) 299-5598. experiencesymphoria.org.
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22 & 29. Kids in grades 3-8 can observe nature and take part in hands-on games to learn about the natural environment; program takes place outdoors if weather permits. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. Registration required: CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.
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Positioning Your Baby. 6-7:30 p.m. Expectant
parents will learn how to discover their baby’s position in utero and find ways to help them reach the ideal presentation for an easier labor and birth. Presented by CNY Doula Connection. CNY Healing Arts, 195 Intrepid Lane, Syracuse. Free. Registration recommended: (315) 707-8097.
Universe of Stories Magic Show. 6:30-7:30
p.m. Join Moreland the Magician for a high-energy show followed by a 10-minute magic workshop. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.
TUESDAY, JULY 9 Summer Learning Day. Noon-2 p.m. The pop-
Moreland the Magician. 2:30 p.m. Blast off with Commander Dave (also known as Moreland the Magician) on a voyage through outer space that’s packed with magic, comedy and puppets. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. (315) 435-3636.
Teen Tabletop Games. 6-8 p.m. Teens can hang out, play board games and eat snacks. Presented by Liverpool Public Library. Dunkin’ Donuts, 105 Second St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310.
Jeff the Magic Man. 6 p.m. Jeff performs a space-
themed magic show for children of all ages. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. (315) 672-3661. maxwellmemoriallibrary.org.
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SUNDAY, JULY 14 St. Elias Middle Eastern Cultural Festival. Noon-6 p.m. See July 11 listing.
MONDAY, JULY 15 Popsicles at the Playground. 2 p.m. Children
can go on a scavenger hunt around the park, then engage in take-home learning activities. Presented by Fairmount Community Library. Shove Park, 1 Shove Park Dr., Camillus. (315) 487-8933. fairmount library.org.
New Horizons. 2:30 p.m. Kids ages 8-12 can ex-
plore the galaxy and experience how NASA gets a look at locations like Mars and Pluto. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.
ular PBS character Super Why! Visits, and kids can come dressed as their favorite superhero. There will also be entertainment, free books, crafts, facepainting and more. Event is presented by the Literacy Coalition of Onondaga County. Canyon Area, Destiny USA, 1 Destiny Drive, Syracuse. Free. (315) 428-8129. onliteracy.org.
Outdoor Painting Extravaganza. 2-3:30 p.m.
Drawing with Computer Programming. 1
in this original musical play for children. NOPL Brewerton, 5440 Bennett St., Brewerton. (315) 676-7484.
TUESDAY, JULY 16
Video Game Truck.
Rocket Races. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Children age 6 and
or 2:30 p.m. Teens can draw cool shapes in colors using a simple program with the Python language. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary. org.
Fizzing Planets. 2:30
p.m. Create your own planets from provided materials. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940.
Starlab. 3:30-4:30 p.m. Children ages 5-12 can explore the universe with the Starlab moblie planetarium; space is limited to 25. Central Library, Community Room (Level 1), 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 435-1900.
In the Jackson Pollock extravaganza, teens will apply washable paint to canvas panels using a variety of methods. Space is limited. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Registration required: (315) 435-3636.
Puppet Show. 2-3 p.m. Join Roquefort the mouse
2:30 p.m. Games on a Roll brings games for playing sports, solving puzzles and building worlds. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.
St. Elias Middle Eastern Cultural Festival.
4-10 p.m.; through July 14. The festival features traditional singing, dances, a souk full of crafts, Middle Eastern food and desserts. There’s also face painting, games, and a playground for the kids. St. Elias Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church, 4988 Onondaga Road, Syracuse. Free admission. (315) 488-0388.
Planetarium Adventure. 6:30-7:15 p.m. Kids
ages 6-12 can explore the universe in the Starlab mobile planetarium. Soule Branch Library, 101 Springfield Road, Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5320.
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WEDNESDAY, JULY 10
rhythms and jam with djembe drums, shakers and bells in a workshop led by Sandra Sabene. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. Registration required: (315) 435-3636.
Wild Berry Ice Cream Hike. 1 p.m.; also July 24.
Help pick blackberries or raspberries on a hike, then try your hand at cranking out some ice cream. Beaver Lake Nature Center, East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $5/ person. Admission: $4/vehicle. Registration required: (315) 638-2519.
Space Crafts. 2-3 p.m. On the lawn, put together a rocket or space shuttle. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl. org.
A Universe of Flavors. 2:30 p.m. Teens entering
Drum Circle. 2 p.m. Teens can learn basic
St. Elias Middle Eastern Cultural Festival. 4-10 p.m.; through July 14. See July 11 listing.
SATURDAY, JULY 13 Paws and Books. 10:30 a.m.; also July 27. Kids
ages 5-12 can read to certified Canine Good Citizen Cooper. Then they can make a dog-related craft. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.
St. Elias Middle Eastern Cultural Festival. Noon-10 p.m.; through July 14. See July 11 listing.
Science Saturday. 2 p.m. Learn about bees and
grades 7-12 can make delicious foods from scratch. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.
pollinators. Petit Branch Library, 105 Victoria Place, Syracuse. (315) 435-3636.
Cosmic Drumming. 2:30 p.m. Teens can come
grades 6-12 can go wild with (nontoxic) colored powder in an outdoor game; event takes place if weather permits. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. Registration required: CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.
to a drum circle with Sandra Sabene and have some fun. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940.
Tag in Technicolor. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Teens entering
Fergus the Goat. 2-3 p.m.
Hear goat stories and then have a chance to meet Fergus. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. (315) 4586184. nopl.org.
up can make balloon-propelled rockets and race them. Central Library, KidSpace (Level 2), 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.
Monarchs on Display. 6-8 p.m. Learn about
planting milkweed and caring for caterpillars from Rob Niederhoff. A butterfly release session may take place if the monarchs are ready on schedule. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 17 Geek Squad Academy. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; also
July 18. Geek Squad agents teach 3D design, digital music, robotics and more. Presented by Liverpool Public Library and partners. Chestnut Hill Middle School, 204 Saslon Park Drive, Liverpool. Registration required: lpl.org. (315) 457-0310.
Supervillain STEAM. 2-3 p.m. Kids ages 7-12
Design a magnet maze or make a cat craft. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. Registration required: (315) 4586184. nopl.org.
Sidewalk Chalk and Outdoor Games.
2-3 p.m. Kids age 5 and up can decorate sidewalks with chalk and play outdoor games such as Connect4; if weather is inclement, the event will take place inside with modifications. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. Registration recommended: CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.
Galactic Nails and Henna. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Young people ages 12-18 can work with a henna artist to get their nails done and receive a henna tattoo. First come, first served. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940.
Dan the Snakeman. 6 p.m. People of all ages can
learn about snakes and other reptiles during this interactive presentation. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. (315) 672-3661. maxwellmemoriallibrary.org.
THURSDAY, JULY 18 Free to Be. 10:30-11:15
a.m. Children ages 3-6 can sing along to a live guitar, creating unique lyrics and exploring beginning acting techniques. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. fflib. org. (315) 637-6374.
Puppets with Pizazz. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Master
puppeteer Nancy Sander performs a new version of “The Owl and the Pussycat.” Salina Library, 100 Belmont St., Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 454-4524. salinalibrary.org.
cosplay, gaming and more. NOPL North Syracuse, 100 Trolley Barn Lane, North Syracuse. Free. Registration required to enter costume contest: (315) 458-6184.
MOST Traveling Science Show. 2-3 p.m. A
staffer from the Museum of Science & Technology talks about our galaxy from the perspective of an alien. Central Library, KidSpace (Level 2), 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.
Mattydale. Free. Registration required: (315) 4544524. salinalibrary.org.
Wild Berry Ice Cream Hike. 11 a.m. Help pick blackberries or raspberries on a hike, then try your hand at cranking out some ice cream. Beaver Lake Nature Center, East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $5/person. Admission: $4/vehicle. Registration required: (315) 638-2519.
Interactive Harry Potter Movie. 6-8:30 p.m.
Painting on the Lawn. 11 a.m.-noon. Artists in
Families with kids in grade 3 and up can watch Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (a joint event with Manlius Library). Each attendee receives a bag of prompts, snacks and props. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: fflib.org. (315) 637-6374.
grades K-8 can use provided materials to create their own version of Vincent Van Gogh’s “The Starry Night” while learning about color theory and other concepts. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: lpl.org. (315) 457-0310.
SATURDAY, JULY 20
SUNDAY, JULY 21
CNY Naturalist. 2:30 p.m. Learn about the
different animals and plants that call your neighborhood home. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940.
Syracuse Nationals. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. See July 19
The Bubbleman. 2:30 p.m. Doug Rougeux makes bubbles of all sorts in an interactive show. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.
FRIDAY, JULY 19 Syracuse Nationals. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; through July 21. See thousands of hot rods, (pre-1985) classic and custom cars and trucks. State Fairgrounds, Geddes. Gate tickets: $22/adults; $10/ages 6-12; free/age 5 and under. (800) 753-3978. syracuse nationals.com.
North Syracuse Library Comic-Con. 1-8
p.m. Learn about anime, comics, art, superheroes,
Kidz Club Summer. 2-5 p.m.; also Aug. 18. Syracuse Nationals. 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; through July 21. See July 19 listing.
Music with Donna B. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Children
age 2 and up, accompanied by caregivers, can enjoy music and movement with Donna Butterfield of Milk & Cookies. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. Registration required: CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.
Toddlers’ Tango. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Toddlers and preschoolers can take part in a popular music and movement class. Salina Library, 100 Belmont St.,
Children age 4 and up can meet friends, play games, and learn Bible truths. New Testament Baptist Church, 1235 Old Stonehouse Road, Jamesville. Free. Registration required: ntbaptistsyracuse.com. (315) 449-2354.
MONDAY, JULY 22 Save the Planets. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Children of all ages can pretend to defend the planets from alien invaders. Central Library, KidSpace (Level 2), 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.
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TUESDAY, JULY 23 STEAM Club. 1:30-3 p.m. Children ages 5-10 can
about telescopes and build their own telescope and kaleidoscope with a member of CNY Observers; meet on the Dinosaur Garden lawn. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 4570310. lpl.org.
Moreland the Magician. 2-3 p.m. Blast off with Commander Dave (also known as Moreland the Magician) on a voyage through outer space that’s packed with magic, comedy and puppets. Central Library, Community Room (Level 1), 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.
28.) Artists of all ages decorate squares of sidewalk with chalk and compete for prizes. Chalk provided, but bring your own for the best color choices. Montgomery Street near City Hall, Syracuse. Sponsored by Family Life Network and Pathfinder Bank. Free for spectators. Participants’ preregistration: $10/age 17 and younger; $20/age 18 and older. Add $5 for registering day of the event. Preregistration recommended: cnytix.com/events/ SNTStreetPainting19.
Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; through July 28. See July 26 listing.
Noon-3 p.m. Part of the two-day Northeast Jazz and Wine Scholastic Festival, the Scholastic Festival focuses on youth ensembles. Scheduled to perform are: CNY Jazz Youth Orchestra, Cicero-North Syracuse Jazz Ensemble, and the Katz Pajamaz Big Band. Main Stage, Clinton Square, Syracuse. Free. (315) 479-5299. nejazzwinefest.org.
Zoo to You. 2:30 p.m. Meet live animals and touch animal artifacts in this presentation by a Rosamond Gifford Zoo educator. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 24 Out of This World Crafts. 2:30 p.m. Teens
entering grades 7-12 can make Perler bead aliens and other items. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-5326.
Glow Jars and Matchbox Art. 2:30-4 p.m.
Young people ages 12-18 can use provided supplies to make a tiny work of art and a glow jar. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. Space limited; registration required: (315) 435-1940.
THURSDAY, JULY 25 Lyncourt Community Band Concert. 6-8 p.m. Families of all ages can listen to the band, with about 50 members, play jazz, classical, movie soundtrack and other selections outdoors at Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. fflib.org. (315) 637-6374.
Stargazing Picnic. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy a picnic in the Children’s Room. Participants will recreate a night sky above while enjoying finger food and activities. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. (315) 457-0310. lpl.org.
FRIDAY, JULY 26 Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival. 10 a.m.-
6 p.m.; through July 28. More than 160 artists, entertainers and craftspeople make their mark on Columbus Circle in Syracuse. (315) 422-8284. downtownsyracuse.com.
The Dirtmeister Show. 11 a.m.-noon. Steve
“The Dirtmeister” Tomecek demonstrates concepts related to flight, airplanes, rockets, and space exploration. Community Library of DeWitt and Jamesville, 5110 Jamesville Road, Jamesville. Free. CLDandJ.org. (315) 446-3578.
Children’s Activities at Oswego Harborfest. 10:30 a.m.-midnight; through July 28. Harborfest, which runs through July 28, includes a Children’s Stage at West Park and activities at the Novelis Family Park at Franklin Square. Also crafters, midway rides, and live entertainment in the parks and along the shores of Lake Ontario. A Children’s Parade starts at Breitbeck Park (July 26, 10:30 a.m.) and concludes at West Park/Franklin Square. Don’t miss the fireworks over the harbor (July 27, 9:30 p.m.). Free admission. (315) 343-6858. oswegoharborfest.com.
Young Naturalists of CNY. 6 p.m. Children
of all ages can learn about watersheds and stream ecology on a field trip to Munro Park and Nine Mile Creek. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. (315) 672-3661. maxwell memoriallibrary.org.
ONGOING EVENTS Time Out to Fish. 10 a.m.-noon or 1-3 p.m.;
Mondays-Fridays, July 1-12. 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. $5/person. Registration required: (315) 689-9367.
Kidz Bop World Tour. 6 p.m. The interactive
concert for the whole family features hits sung by kids for kids, with dance moves and exciting sets. St. Joseph’s Amphitheater at Lakeview, 490 Restoration Way, Syracuse. $34.50-$45, plus fees. LiveNation. com.
Sunset Kayak Tour. 7-9 p.m.; also July 20. Go on
a guided kayak tour around the lake; previous experience kayaking highly recommended. Beaver Lake Nature Center, East Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $20/kayak, including rental. $4/vehicle. Registration required: (315) 638-2519.
SUNDAY, JULY 28 Syracuse Arts and Crafts Festival. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. See July 26 listing.
MONDAY, JULY 29 Popsicles at the Playground. 2 p.m. Children
can take part in space-themed activities in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. Presented by Fairmount Community Library. Shove Park, 1 Shove Park Dr., Camillus. (315) 487-8933. fairmountlibrary.org.
TUESDAY, JULY 30 Checkers the Inventor. 2:30 p.m. In this show that features magic, juggling and games, Checkers and Snoozer try to land Snoozer on the moon. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940.
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Painting with a Twist. 2-3 p.m. Listen to music
people ages 12-18 enjoy a low-key game day to celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1940.
outdoors, visit with adoptable cats and pit bulls, or watch a wheel-throwing demonstration (12:30-1:30 p.m.). Everson Museum of Art, 401 Harrison St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 474-6064. everson.org.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 31
Harry Potter Game Day. 2:30-4 p.m. Young
Everson Family Day. Noon-3 p.m. Make art
SATURDAY, JULY 27 a.m.-3 p.m. (drawing and judging). (Rain date: July
Central Library, KidSpace (Level 2), 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. (315) 435-1900.
and play games while painting with a local artist.
Sterling Renaissance Festival. Saturdays and
Sundays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; July 6-Aug. 18. Visit the replica Elizabethan village at festival time. Enjoy minstrels, jousts, japes and other entertainment provided by actors in costume, on stage and strolling about the 35-acre site. 15385 Farden Road, Sterling. $29.95/age 12 and up; $18.95/ages 5-11; free/age 4 and under. (800) 879-4446. sterlingfestival.com.
Grandparent/Grandchildren’s Fishing Days.
10 a.m.-noon or 1-3 p.m.; Monday-Friday, through July 27. Grandparents can spend time with grandchildren; bait and poles provided. Carpenter’s Book Fish Hatchery, 1672 Route 321, Elbridge. $5/child; free/ accompanying adult (up to three children per adult). Registration required: (315) 689-9367.
Canoeing & Kayaking. Through Sept. 1:
Saturdays & Sundays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Through Sept. 2: 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. Through Sept. 1: 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.
Downtown Syracuse Farmers’ Market.
Tuesdays, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.; through Oct. 8. Farmers and produce dealers offer vegetables, fruit, nuts, flowers, baked goods and more for sale. Clinton Square, Syracuse. (315) 422-8284. downtownsyracuse.com.
Onondaga County Beaches. Through August
9: daily, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, August 17 and 18, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sandy beaches have lifeguard supervision, shaded areas, picnic tables, grills and boat rentals. 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.
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