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contents FAMILY TIMES • MAY 2014

4 • Editor’s Note 6 • Show & Tell

Photos from Family Times’ Summer Fun and Camp Fair.

8 • Views & Reviews 8

A few books put the whole parenting thing into perspective.

10 • Get Organized

Make switching in your kids’ warm-weather clothes painless.

12 • Mother’s Day Indulgences More than 10 ways to celebrate, including a hike, a spa treatment and time with friends.


16 • Storytime

A shy mother learns to host a kid’s birthday party without tears.

20 • Recipe Doctor

You can make delicious cupcakes with beans, and no one will be the wiser.


30 • Family Fun Calendar of Events Advertiser Index

Your Kid’s Photo or Artwork Here! We welcome reader submissions, whether photos of your kids or their artwork. Send high-resolution photos (jpg format saved at 3inches-by-5-inches or larger) or color artwork to editorial@family Please include the child’s first name, age, hometown, and information about what’s going on in the photo (or the art), as well as the parent or guardian’s full name and daytime phone number, for verification.

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Mommy! Mommy! Mommy!

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f you are the mother of children under 10, you probably hear that a lot. (Or maybe “Moooommm!”) So Mother’s Day is an opportunity to put yourself first.

How do you want to spend May 11? Writer Eileen Gilligan has suggestions, whether having a picnic, going on a run, heading to the spa or doing something crafty with your friends (page 12). Maybe all of the above! And the rest of the year, when you’re just trying to raise decent kids and keep your own head on straight? In this issue, I’ve written about some parenting books that have helped me (page 8). Also, Family Times has a birthday: The magazine’s first issue came out in May 2002, so we’re 12! And there’s no better way to celebrate than making treats. Chris “The Recipe Doctor” Xaver has recipes for delicious, and healthy, cupcakes and cookies on page 20.

MANAGING EDITOR Bill DeLapp PHOTOGRAPHER Michael Davis OFFICE COORDINATOR/CIRCULATION MANAGER Christine Scheuerman DESIGNERS Meaghan Arbital Natalie Davis Caitlin O’Donnell DIGITAL MEDIA MANAGER Ty Marshal (ext. 144)

But if your birthday experiences have been somewhat fraught, you can process your pain with Linda Lowen, who writes about her party travails on page 16.

CONTRIBUTORS Deborah Cavanagh,Tammy DiDomenico, Aaron Gifford, Eileen Gilligan, Emma Kress, Linda Lowen, Cary Rector, Tonja Rector, Maggie Lamond Simone, Laura Livingston Snyder, Chris Xaver

What else is going on in May? Are you sorting through your kids’ cold-weather clothes and bringing out the shorts? We’ve got an article about organizing the switch on page 10.

ADVERTISING CONSULTANTS Advertising Sales Manager Jessica Luisi (ext. 139)

As always, we’ve got a calendar full of events for parents and kids. Check out the action starting on page 30.

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On the cover: Natalie Davis finds a little “me” time in honor of Mother’s Day. Inside: Natalie, who lives in Jordan, is mother of a daughter, 7, and stepmother of a son, also 7. When she’s not modeling or parenting, she is designing art for Family Times and sister publication the Syracuse New Times. To Natalie’s left is Reid Sullivan. Family Times thanks the owner and staff of the Spa at 500, where we shot the cover and some of the photos for the feature story on page 12. The spa is located at 500 W. Onondaga St., Syracuse. Call 475-9164 or visit www. for information.

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acky spring weather (including a whiteout or two) did not deter the more than 2,000 people who came to Family Times’ Summer Fun and Camp Fair on April 5. The event, held in the State Fairgrounds’ Center of Progress Building and sponsored by Driver’s Village, featured nearly 40 exhibitors with summer programs, camps, destinations and services. Parents enjoyed getting information to plan their summers, while kids got to meet residents—including a camel and some goats—of the Wild Animal Park in Chittenango and bounce in the two inflatables.

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LIGHT READING Books that put parenting into perspective BY REID SULLIVAN




o other role has challenged me as much as being a parent, and for no other position have I been as poorly prepared. Because, really, how do you prepare for your child’s first public tantrum? Are you ever ready to meet children’s constantly changing needs or answer their unanswerable questions?

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So, books are my solution. Part of it, anyway. Books help me face the fact that parenting is about being a person your kids can watch to learn how to do the right thing. And frankly I’m not always a good role model. The books I read remind me that nobody’s perfect, And, as Saturday Night Live character Stuart Smalley used to say, that’s OK. The No-Cry Discipline Solution, Elizabeth Pantley (McGraw Hill) Pantley, author of 10 books on raising kids, offers a wealth of strategies for tackling the common problems of early childhood, including tantrums, biting and sibling conflict. She emphasizes treating kids with respect: making eye contact when asking a child to do something; offering choices whenever possible. She also devotes a large section of the book to parental anger: where it comes from, how to recognize it, how to control it. Quote: “As hard as you may try, you cannot make a child eat, sleep, pick up his toys, say please, or go potty. You can ask. You can nag, plead, threaten, and beg, but your child is a separate human being and functions independently from you.”


Siblings Without Rivalry (W.W. Norton) and How to Talk so Kids Will Listen and Listen so Kids Will Talk, Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish (Scribner) Faber and Mazlish’s books are considered classics in the child-rearing genre. Wherever parents can be found, whether on blogs or the playground, their books are recommended. Not long ago, a mother of two boys gave me a copy of Siblings Without Rivalry; she had an extra and thought I could use it(!). The cornerstones of Faber and Mazlish’s philosophy include listening to kids without judgment or comment; helping them identify their feelings; and encouraging them to come up with their own solutions.

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Quote: (from How to Talk): “When you give immediate advice to children, they either feel stupid (‘Why didn’t I think of that myself?’), resentful (‘Don’t tell me how to run my life!’), or irritated (‘What makes you think I didn’t think of that already?’). When a child figures out for herself what she wants to do, she grows in confidence and is willing to assume responsibility for her decision.” Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting, Laura Markham (Penguin) Markham’s method allows a parent to work on self-control (and be an example of it to her child). Her style of parenting avoids old-school notions of command and control, or punishment. Instead parents are given ideas for getting to get to the root of recurring problems and remedying the underlying issues. Quote: “Life holds constant choices. Should you be harsh with your child because you’re frightened that if you aren’t, he won’t learn? Should you point out to your spouse that you were right? Should you let yourself stop cleaning and take a bubble bath? At the core, every choice is between love and fear. Choose love as often as you can.” The Happiest Mom: 10 Secrets to Enjoying Motherhood, Meagan Francis and the editors of Parenting magazine (Weldon Owen) The role of mother is so consuming that mothers sometimes need ideas for how to retain parts of their identity unrelated to wiping bottoms and applying Band-Aids. Francis, a blogger and mother of five, offers words of comfort and advice for stressing less about parenting. Quote: “The more you read and hear other people criticizing moms in general, the more judged and defensive you’re likely to feel. But if you extend grace and understanding to moms, you’ll start to recognize that we can be imperfect and awesome at the same time.”

The Complete Buddhism for Mothers, Sarah Napthali (Allen & Unwin) The Complete Buddhism brings together Napthali’s three books for phases of mothering from infancy to school-age. Napthali lives in Sydney, Australia, and has two sons. Although I’m not a Buddhist, Napthali’s writing resonates with me. What I especially value is her emphasis on compassion for one’s imperfect self. Parenting presents the challenge of becoming a better person, and Napthali suggests how to head in that direction while recognizing that detours are unavoidable. Quote: “Everything we do, say and think has the potential to become a habit: each time we think petty thoughts about others, behave selfishly or snap at somebody, we increase the chances that we will do so again. With every act we condition ourselves until we eventually have a certain kind of character. We all have the power to change our trajectory by making wise choices about how to use each moment.” The Three-Martini Playdate: A Practical Guide to Happy Parenting, Christie Mellor (Chronicle Books) Mellor—mother of “two darling little angels,” as it says in the jacket copy— wrote her 2003 tongue-in-cheek guide at the dawn of the helicopter-parenting era. It’s still important to remember that a parent’s job is to raise future adults. Ideally those independent young people will have skills, like making an ice-cold martini (there’s even a recipe). And ideally the proud parents and possessors of an empty nest will have been cultivating their own lives the whole time. Quote: “Do not make your child your only hobby or you will end up waiting by the telephone in a cheery room covered in brittle, yellowed crayon drawings, regaling those few friends you have left with stale anecdotes about your youngster’s accomplishments.” Family Times May 2014


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The Seasonal Switch Make organizing your kids’ warm-weather clothes painless BY LAURA LIVINGSTON SNYDER


ummer days will soon be here! Don’t forget to include your child’s drawers in your spring cleaning. I used to be intimidated by this chore. How do I organize everything so I’ll find it when I need it? What should be saved, donated or tossed? When do I give clothes away? Raising two girls and two boys in different age groups has made me aware of my limited space. I’ve become resourceful.

SUPPLIES Plastic storage containers work best. They’re sturdy, come in different sizes, and can be stacked or hidden under a bed. Clear ones show exactly what’s inside. My friend Judy swears by colored ones. She assigns each of her children a color and conveniently coordinates everything to it. I’ve also used sturdy paper ream boxes from work that would otherwise be thrown away. They keep for years. Heavily coated department store bags or large gift bags with handles are inexpensive and easy to use as well. Some people use their suitcases. Don’t forget a black permanent marker and pen and paper. LABEL Use permanent markers because tape can fall off with humidity. Or tuck a paper inside and against the side of clear containers, so you can read it. Classifying depends on how many kids you have and their ages. Containers for a baby are best if marked by size such as 3-6 months or 2-4T. Save smaller clothes only if they’re in good condition. Small spit-up and formula stains tend to become darker with time. Label containers by name for older children. 10

WHERE TO START Older kids are able to do this on their own. My co-worker Traci has her kids go through their dressers with her and try on clothes. This way both know what should be saved and what can be shed. Younger kids have trouble focusing that long, so it might be best to do this while they’re at school. Go through each drawer, starting with underwear and socks, tossing into a trash pile what can’t be worn, even for play clothes. Write down what to replace or purchase for the next fall season. Keep off to the side the larger-sized clothes for storage for the following year, and a section for donation.

DONATE! When you’re on the receiving end of donated goods, sift through them as soon as possible. Pass along multiples (onesies, T-shirts) or items that won’t be used. My oldest son hates wearing jeans, so they go straight to the donation bag. Who needs more than five or six of any one item anyway? Hand-me-downs should be in good condition without obvious stains, rips or holes. Incidentally, I love getting hand-medowns and so do the kids, so continue the kindness with gently used clothes.

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Taking the time to organize early restocks their drawers with summer clothes and weeds out small, outgrown or totally destroyed cold-weather clothes, making it easier to plan for the future. I make these few hours fun by wearing something comfy and cranking my play list. Here are my ideas—and my friends’—for making wardrobe crossovers easy.

FLIP AND SWITCH When the drawers are empty of winter garb, gather last year’s summer clothes and restock the drawers, setting aside those outgrown or designated for a different pile. Remember to retain a few warm items so the kids will be ready for Syracuse weather. Write on the list what clothes will need to be purchased for this season. Pants that are not long enough but still fit in the waist can be made into cut-off shorts with a quick hem. Instant play clothes! Load the tote or container with the save pile for next winter.


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KICK IT OUT This is where most good intentions go bad. Clothes that are trashed can be used for cleaning, or use them in the garage for oil rags or washing the car. What can’t be salvaged, toss. Take any donations out of the house, even if it’s half a grocery bag and it sits in your trunk for a little while. Chances are if it’s in the house, it’ll take up space, you will forget why it’s there, or it will lead the kids to dig through it to wear their favorite red reindeer sweater in July. FILL IT IN I take the list I’ve made for winter clothes and stick it in my calendar under August, when I start school shopping, or closer to Christmas, when the sales start. (Or put it in your phone if you’re one of those tech-savvy people). Either way, I won’t forget what to purchase. And now all the clothes will be in one place and ready to thin out and transfer.

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ypical Mother’s Day gifts can sometimes have a downside, especially if there are young kids involved. There’s breakfast in bed, followed by lots of cleanup in the kitchen. Or dinner out, including cutting kids’ meat, shepherding little people to the bathroom, and feeling responsible if children shout or get silly and bother other diners.

So what about something offbeat? Mothers in the thick of raising little ones can be hesitant to ask for time off, but they might be grateful to receive it. About 4 million women in the United States gave birth in the past year—some might appreciate more than some cut flowers. Besides an offer of free babysitting for your favorite mother, consider a gift certificate for a relaxing spa service. Nancy Rynkiewicz of Marcellus was surprised one Mother’s Day when her firstborn was a baby. Her husband, Steve, took her for a ride in the car—without her purse even. The stop was Mirbeau Inn & Spa in Skaneateles ( She had never visited before, and he dropped her off for a pre-paid spa treatment and lunch—all by herself. “He said just go in and give them my name,” she recalls. Following the Mirbeau custom, she ate lunch in a robe after her spa visit. “It was so peaceful.” Now Rynkiewicz helps other families come up with ideas for making the people in their lives feel special. As owner of Everyday Art in Marcellus (, she designs, paints and crafts items and classes for gifts and a fun, creative time. She develops workshops and decorative items for individuals based on their goals and needs, such as artwork for a child’s room, painting furniture and more.


“I am open to whatever, but I think a lot of people really want the suggestion,” Rynkiewicz says. So she suggests painting T-shirts, canvas tote bags or giant initial letters to hang on a wall. For those who want to pick up a quick but interesting gift for a mother, she suggests her handpainted, 6-inch flowerpots that come with a plant in them for $20. A former furniture artist at McKenzie-Childs, Rynkiewicz designs many of the items in her shop and features items by other local artisans and craftspeople as well.

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She offers a Mommy and Me art class every Friday morning for $6 a child. The mothers from one class decided to take have a grown-up girls’ night out. They brought appetizers and desserts to Everyday Art that night, and Rynkiewicz led them through an art project and a bunch of laughs. “They want to come back monthly,” she says. Some mothers, however, must be reminded to focus on themselves, even if there are other mothers—usually grandmothers—to celebrate with on Mother’s Day, says Karen Capozza of Baldwinsville. One of her favorite ideas that a friend tried was getting away with the family for a picnic and a hike. Trying a new location can make the day feel special. Central New York abounds with walking trails, such as Great Bear Recreation Area in Phoenix (, Green Lakes (7900 Green Lakes Road, Fayetteville; 6376111), and Clark Reservation State Park (6105 E. Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville; 492-1590). That’s just what Kirsten Parsons of Oswego is hoping for this year. “For me personally, I like spending the day with my family so that’s kind of the best gift that any of them have ever given me: their undivided attention, no cellphone, no distractions.” That’s asking quite a bit of many children these days, and she has three—Cheyanne, 14, Patricia, 8, and Tyler, 5— whom she is raising with her wife, Jenifer Cruikshank. When asked about Mother’s Day, Parsons thinks of her grandmother, who died in 2012. “We used to do a picnic brunch where the whole family would get together and spend time …We’re kind of readjusting and I guess finding our stride,” she says a bit wistfully. Here are some more ideas for different ways for mothers to celebrate. You can give one to a mom in your life, or hint to your loved ones that it’s something you’d enjoy. But remember, any gift that requires a mom to go out without the kids should include the guarantee of free babysitting. For the adventurer or would-be adventurer, an Outdoor Discovery School class with L.L. Bean. Check out the website ( to see options starting at $20 a class for kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, fly-casting and more. In Central New York, most take place on or near Cazenovia Lake. One yoga class or a series of 10. Find one that’s conveniently located for the mother on your list: at the YMCA, a gym, church basement or area studio. Wrap up a yoga mat as the gift to open on May 11 and include inside the gift certificate for a class—plus babysitting. A gift certificate for a manicure and pedicure to start off sun and sandals season. Many salons offer package deals to get both hands and toes painted, and many good deals for the same can be found on websites such as and

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A gift certificate for a massage at a local salon or the Onondaga School of Therapeutic Massage (, which offers discount prices for supervised massages by students.

break of several hours that includes a massage, body wrap, facial or foot treatment. Why not play in the mud? Check out the Mud Run Guide ( for training and race information to try an obstacle course run through the mud. Several take flight, as they say, during the spring and summer in Central New York. There’s plenty of time to train for Utica’s The Mighty Run on Sept. 14 ( There’s a singles competition, but most of the run is for two-person teams. Even children may compete early in the day. It’s the perfect event for a mother-and-teenager team to train for all summer. The course includes monkey bars, a wheelbarrow race and a muddy crawl, of course, among other obstacles. A class of coffee. That’s known as cupping—one learns how to brew the perfect cup of coffee with a delectable swirl of foam, and how to evaluate coffee and its origins. Café Kubal offers classes to learn the art of coffee in its Syracuse-area locations (


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A gift card to a women’s clothing store, so it can’t be spent on the kids, husband or home. Rynkiewicz received this as a combination birthday-Mother’s Day present one year. “I shopped for six months (with that card). I really enjoyed that because I could go shopping (guiltfree),” she says. “I think a lot of moms tend to neglect themselves,” she adds, and a gift card for a store like Chico’s or Talbot’s makes sure they focus on their own needs. For older parents, often a visit is the best gift of all. When it comes to presents for her mother and mother-in-law, Rynkiewicz says, “I try to think up things that are kind of ongoing that keeps their enjoyment over things they used to do for themselves that they can’t do anymore.” That means on Mother’s Day she takes her daughters, Megan, 13, and Grace, 8, to their grandmothers’ houses, where they plant flowers and a tomato plant or two in pots that can be easily reached on the porch or next to outdoor steps. The visit “is a gift in itself, to actually spend time,” Rynkiewicz says. Eileen Gilligan, an award-winning writer and mother of two, lives in Baldwinsville.

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Real-World Party Planning


keenly remember the opening volley in the Birthday Party Battles in my town. It was years ago on a Friday when my older daughter, Jaye, then age 6, bounded off the school bus. “Jenna’s gonna have a bouncy castle at her party tomorrow!” All afternoon Jaye ricocheted off the furniture. Just watching her tired me out. It was just the beginning of more fatigue to come. After the bouncy castle—a canny bit of one-upmanship for the time—the competition for most impressive birthday party heated up. We threw gymnastics, bowling, miniature golf, mani-pedi, skiing and skating parties. Our kids saw movies; painted pottery; splashed in pools; plummeted down slides; and visited the New York State Fair’s Dairy Barn where, as the host mother put it, they “got to know large mammals.” Another mom devised a Fear Factor party, which involved eating pig’s feet and sweetbreads.



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child? Amaze and delight friends? Be the first to book the hottest new thing? Adults over-think things. Fortunately, kids adapt. My daughters learned to play the role of host and figured out the etiquette of hospitality: greet guests, acclimate them to their surroundings, and make sure they’re enjoying themselves. Crafting a good birthday party is like crafting a good story. Plot out themes. Establish forward momentum and build excitement. Heighten interest by choosing an unusual venue. Be original. Have more creativity than cash? Your party’s likely to be memorable because it’s different. One year, my husband led a hike at Clark Reservation. After tackling rocky outcroppings, grassy fields, mucky swampland and a steep ascent up a stone staircase, everyone was too exhausted to eat the spread at the shelter.

These days a lot of that is old hat (excepting, of course, the consumption of sweetbreads), as parents of younger kids have told me. Bouncy castle parties are common, as are bowling excursions, zoo adventures, museum outings and movie visits.

Another year we threw “The Mall Rat Birthday Bash,” a scavenger/bargain hunt for which each guest received $8 for a shopping spree. We reconvened for pizza and cake in the food court and awarded prizes for best purchases including “Coolest Find” and “Biggest Bang for the Buck.”

So I propose we get back to basics. What is the goal of a birthday party? To celebrate the birthday

Like goodie bags, parties often provide takeaways of wisdom and insight:

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Beware of fair-weather friends. After invitations went out for my younger daughter’s 10th-birthday party, a girl who routinely snubbed Em began sitting with her on the bus and at lunch. Guess who got added to the guest list? Of course, a week after the party, that “friend” was history.

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Practice inclusion. Whether it’s a friend’s younger sibling, an unpopular classmate or a differently-abled child, making sure every guest feels welcomed—and every activity is appropriate for all—means that nobody sits out in isolation. Work on manners. Learning to accept gifts graciously (even ones you don’t like) and write thank-you notes establishes habits that become essential lifelong skills.


Learn from bad experiences. In third grade, Jaye attended a children’s theater party that encouraged interaction with its fairy tale character actors. Kids cheered the Princess, booed the Evil Queen, and pelted the villains with plastic balls on cue. Jaye gripped her ball tightly, waiting for the count of three. At the last minute, her ball was snatched away by another child. Too meek to say anything, Jaye held back tears. Years later, as a teenager Jaye found herself working as an actor with that same children’s theater company. She saw how the ensemble strove to include all children in the small roles onstage. Recalling her own painful shyness, she paid extra attention to the quiet kids, drawing them out so they too could enjoy the spotlight. Now in her early 20s, Jaye still plays the Princess on occasion. When she does, I watch her bring the birthday child onstage and lead everyone in singing “Happy Birthday.” Children queue up to meet the cast and parents take pictures of their kids hugging my daughter. They don’t know Jaye, but they’ll always remember her.

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“Why do you still do it?” I asked her when she signed on for the May and June shows. “It’s the look on their faces. They’re so excited to be a part of it. They feel special.” Hearing that, I knew she missed the elaborate parties of her childhood and worried that her own upcoming birthday would be a letdown. But a few days after that conversation, I found her browsing vacation rentals on the Internet. “I’m going to rent a cabin by the lake for my birthday weekend and invite five friends. We’ll do campfires, swimming, s’mores, hiking.” It would be her party, her way, within her budget. She showed me the cottage she liked best: It was bright yellow, with a screened porch draped with string lights and lanterns—a grown-up version of that bouncy castle. And I wasn’t needed! No more worrying about details or making sure everyone was OK. I felt like shouting, bouncing off the furniture, fist pumping the air. No more stressful birthday bashes. No more planning. Never, ever, ever again! I never liked them to begin with. Not my own, my kids’ or anyone else’s. I’m shy. Always have been, always will be. No shame here. I’m saying it, loud and proud. My name is Linda. I hate parties. I’m a party pooper. Linda Lowen teaches at the Downtown Writer’s Center and is co-producer and co-host of Take Care, a health and wellness radio show on WRVO. She lives in Syracuse with her husband and two college-age daughters, who go by Jaye and Em in her writing.

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Quick. Convenient. Exceptional Care. From broken bones to bronchitis, Five Star Urgent Care can treat all of your non-life threatening ailments and injuries.

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Locations Cicero Location Route 11 across from Wegmans (315) 288-4006

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Stealth Health

Kids will love these bean-filled treats, if you don’t tell


ood is medicine. And—depending on what you’re trying to heal/cure/deal with—food can (either help or hurt.)

This past year we’ve been dealing with health issues in our home. I am struggling with inflammation, and one of the little ones in my life is facing ADHD (which I also have) and we’re using diet as one method to help him (and me) gain focus. I have never jumped on any sort of “fad” diet. What I have done was listen to the experts and back in the ’80s used margarine instead of butter. I bought into the notion that to lose weight I needed to eat “low fat.” After all, every medical expert I came across told us that. All of that was BI—Before the Internet. Now, thank goodness, voices that have been struggling to break through into the mainstream are finding an outlet. I have spent more than a year studying nutrition. I’m not telling you what to do. I’m simply going to share what we’re doing to help with at least two cases of ADHD. We are eating more fat and protein and cutting all added sugars and reducing natural sugars (that is, carbohydrates). We’re cutting as many carbs as possible while eating fats, which fuel the brain and produce satiety, and making sure we have plenty of non-starchy vegetables. Our goal is to reduce consumption of foods that raise


our glucose levels. We strive for less than 60 grams of carbohydrates a day. This is what I’m doing and is not necessarily right for you. (You’ll have to do the research and make that decision yourself.) And we are not doing this for weight loss. We can eat a nice meal with the skin on our salmon and get the right fats, along with a healthy salad or side vegetable. But what happens when the 7-year-old asks for dessert? I have some ideas for you. These recipes are 100-percent approved by the 7- and 10-year-olds in my life. In fact, the youngest is about to have a birthday and has asked if I would make these cupcakes for his class party. And the cookies? Super yummy. You really have to try these. Trust me, it’s worth the risk. Here’s the deal: Do not tell. If you don’t, no one will know they’re eating beans! If you want to decorate the cupcakes, take some stevia crystals and dye them with food coloring. You’ll just need to do this in advance so the crystals can dry thoroughly before you try to sprinkle them on top of your icing. Chris Xaver, Ph.D., is a local TV and radio personality with three children and five grandchildren. Her healthy lifestyle show, The Sweet Life, is airing on public television stations nationwide.

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Cut and Share Recipes Gluten- and Sugar-Free Black Bean Cupcakes

Coconut Crème Frosting

1 can black beans (14 to 15 ounces) 4 eggs 1 tablespoon vanilla 5 tablespoons extra-virgin coconut oil, softened 3/4 cup sucralose or stevia 7 heaping tablespoons dark cocoa powder 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1 pinch salt

4 ounces cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup extra virgin coconut oil, softened (or butter if you prefer) 1 tablespoon vanilla 1/3 heaping cup stevia or sucralose 2 tablespoons milk (I used Silk almond milk)

Preheat oven to 350º. Rinse the beans for about 60 seconds to remove the “goop” and sodium. Using a food processor, puree the beans until smooth, like a butter. Add eggs, vanilla and coconut oil. Process. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until smooth.


Ladle into cupcake papers or a sprayed cupcake pan. (Makes 15.) Bake for 20 to 25 min. Check at 20 minutes, so as not to over bake. Or you can bake these in the microwave, using a non-metallic pan or cups. Bake six at a time for approximately 2 minutes 30 seconds on half-power for a “full” size microwave. Or bake for 2 minutes at full power. Once cool, top with coconut crème frosting.

Whip until light and fluffy and the sweetener has dissolved. I place in a zipper bag and cut off the tip to squeeze the frosting onto the cooled cupcakes.

Chickpea Dough Ball Cookies 1 can (14 or 15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed well and dried with a towel 3/4 cup peanut butter (check the label to make sure there is no added sugar of any kind. You can use Sunbutter, too, if you don’t want to have peanut butter) 2 teaspoons vanilla 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1/3 cup stevia or sucralose 1 teaspoon baking powder 3/4 cup chocolate chips (I use sugar-free; there’s also dairy-free or vegan) 1 pinch salt Preheat oven to 350º. Place everything except the chocolate chips in the food processor and process until smooth. Put the batter in a bowl and stir in the chocolate chips. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Wet your hands and dig in. Shape the dough into uniform balls about the size of a golf ball. Bake for 10 minutes. These will be little warm, doughy bites. They really won’t change shape much as you bake them. You can smoosh them down on the baking sheet if you like, but I prefer the ball shape.

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North Syracuse Central School District

Early Education Program Now enrolling our 6 we e & 2014/15 School sessio k Summer sc hool ns! • Focus on Kindergarten readiness skills & social emotional development • Healthy snack served daily • Indoor and Outdoor motor areas • Integrated Pre-school for 3 & 4 year olds • Full & Half day classes available • Before & After school options

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“Education is a lifelong journey whose destination expands as you travel.”

Half Day Monday - Friday 9:00AM - 11:50AM

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elmcrest early education center

960 Salt Springs Rd., Syracuse, NY 13224

Small Wonders Daycare Infant • Toddler • Preschool • UPK Open 7:30 a.m. — 5:30 p.m. Monday - Friday • NYS certified & experienced teachers • Early literacy curriculum focus • Bright, engaging, integrated setting • Supportive child/teacher ratios • Nurturing and caring environment • Indoor & outdoor motor areas • Breakfast, lunch & afternoon snack • Syracuse City UPK classrooms FREE 8-1 with option for extended daycare • Please contact Gretchen at 446-3220 or by email at for enrollment information.

OPENING WEEKEND MAY 24 – 25 Discover the Rainforest! • Climb a 9 foot kapok tree • Explore a gorilla nest • Discover products that come from tropical rainforests • Study animals and plants with unique scientist tools • Learn how children around the world help protect rainforests Rainforest Adventure was created by Stepping Stones Museum for Children

601 1st Street, Ithaca, NY 14850 • 607.272.0600 • Tuesday – Saturday 10 am – 5 pm; Sunday 12 – 5 pm; Open Memorial Day

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Villari’s, America’s Martial Arts Professionals since 1968, invites you or your child to experience the exciting world of martial arts this spring. Celebrate our 45th Anniversary with one month of lessons and a private lesson for $45. First 5 customers receive a FREE uniform!

Calling all Moms! Come and try our famous self-defense and fitness programs.

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CURRENT GRADES 3-5: Thursday Nights, 6-8: Sunday Nights

July 21st - 24th & July 28th - 31st

REGISTER Early Bird by May 15th for $55pp

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or call Gary Dembkowski at 315-458-6030

7948 Morgan Rd., Liverpool • 652-1875 • Est. 1972 • Member of DEA

St. Rose of Lima 411 S. Main St., North Syracuse


Tumbler Clinic for three levels starts June 17th

Summer Dance Program Starts July 21st

“One of the top 50 studios in the U.S.” by Dance Teacher Magazine

“Frozen” Preschool Dance Session! 2012 & Voted the best dance and performing 2013 Besties Pick arts program for 2013 & 2014! •(315) 457-3151 • 1216 Morgan Road, Liverpool 24

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Syracuse University Summer Hockey and Skating Schools

Hockey School Aug. 4 - 8 Mites & Squirts 8am-12pm Peewee & Bantams 1pm-5pm

Kool Kats Skating School

For youngsters ages 3-11 with little or no skating experience. Weekly program for 8 weeks (No classes July 28)

June 16 - Aug. 11 Mondays 6:30-7:15, Ages 3-7 7:20 - 8:05, Ages 8-11

COLGATE YOUTH SOCCER ACADEMY Date: June 30- July 3 Ages: Grades Pre K - 8 Cost: $150.00 for Full Day For Half Day Option Visit Website Register on-line at QUESTIONS?

Call (315) 443-4254 or visit

Contact Erik Ronning in the men’s soccer office at 315-228-7574

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R Natural experience… E P SU Discover our 660-acre world of outdoor adventure

When school is out, camp is in!

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Weeklong sessions for K-7th grade run June 16 June24 30 --August August 22


Full Day & Half Day sessions

Lil Kidz Ages 3-5 & Big Kidz Ages 6-8 June 30th - August 22

Pre/post care available

• Explore • Canoe • Hike • Observe • Discover • Natural Crafts • Outdoor Games & much more!

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Our drop-off camps are designed to give parents some free time while providing a fun, yet educational experience their children can only get at KidzClub!

Activities are based on a weekly theme and a daily special.

Pizza party on the last day! • (315) 695-2211• 219 Rt. 57, Phoenix 26

Baldwinsville • (315) 638-2519

Commission a Mural or Portrait in May Receive 10% off

Register for a class by June 1st, with a friend — Receive 10% off

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Canterbury Stables


It’s more than Kicks and Punches!


Your kids will learn and enjoy karate and safety skills, friendship and confidence building activities, crafts, tumbling, exciting games and glow-in-the dark fun too!

1/2 hr. Daily Private Lesson with Professional Canterbury Trainer Learn about Horse Care

SUMMER CAMP DATES July 14-18 July 21-25 July 28-August 1 August 4-8 August 11-15 August 18-22 Camp Hours: 8AM-5PM Ages 5 & up. Early drop-off and late pick up available. Discounts for multiple camps and siblings Free T-shirt with sign up

Fun Arts & Crafts Classes limited to 6 students

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Summer Pony Camp 9am-1pm Tuesday-Friday

Weeks of July & August Develop your child’s horse riding skills through daily riding and instruction. We provide week-long camps from July through August for children ages 6 and older. Weekly horse topics and fun crafts in our separate classroom built in 2012.

Register online or call 699-1500 for more details.

8072 Brewerton Rd (Walmart Plaza), Cicero

Summer Fun Days at

Mystical Acres

4786 Roberts Rd.


Summer Day Camp Program 2014. Since 1966

Summer Camps for children Ages 6-14 years.

Camps focus on increasing self-esteem, building communication skills and social skills.

Meet Dash the Donkey at our Open House June 7th 1-4!

Additional camps aimed at improving executive functioning skills & relaxation strategies. Summer Camps Program Schedule: Relax & Play 7/9 - 7/11 & 8/27 - 8/29 I Can! 7/23 - 7/7/25 & 8/20 - 8/22 Increasing Self Awareness 7/30 - 8/1 & 8/13 - 8/15 All programs 8:30am - Noon

For more info, contact Dr. Mettelman at (315) 559-1319 CALL NOW TO ENROLL! 2709 Brennan Rd., Pompey, NY- 8 miles S. of 481 or 6 miles E. of 81

For more Information Call 637- 6071

531 E. Genesee St. Fayetteville, NY 13066 Sheila C. Brittain, Director Horses • Full Acre Sports Field • Music led by our own “Mr. Songflower” • Red Cross Swim Lessons taught by certified WSI/Red Cross Instructors • Sports • Nature Study • Lakefront Swim Lessons for Older Campers• Swimming in our own on-site heated in-ground pool • State of the art playground • All groups are led by certified teachers • Recreational outdoor activities • Weekly special events • Extended hours & breakfast available • Four supervised, exciting optional overnights throughout the summer for grades one through seven • And much more! For children 18 months - 13 years daily lunches & snacks served in our outdoor pavilion C.E.D.S. is accredited by the NYS Education Department and licensed by NYSOCFS Our Summer Day Camp is licensed by Onondaga County.

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Camp Rothschild June 30 - August 29 (closed Friday, July 4) For children 1st grade through 12 years old

Summer Adventures in Learning Ages 6-13

• Daily Swimming Lessons & Free Swim (on-site heated swimming pool)

• Nature/Science Activities • Art Projects • Drama/Theater • Sports and Athletics • Field Trips & Camp Shirt Included • Healthy Lunch and Snacks Included Specialty Choices include: Photography • Dance • Clay Sculpting Costume Design • Building • Star Gazing American Sign Language • Watercolors AND SO MUCH MORE! We are conveniently located near downtown Syracuse, DeWitt, Jamesville, and Fayetteville.

450 Kimber Road, Syracuse, NY 13224

ph: (315) 445 - 0049 • fax: (315) 445 - 9530 email:

learning Without Borders Ages 14-16 Learn study skills, organizational skills, social skills & more! Held at Minoa Elementary School Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays July 8th – August 14th

RegisteR online or or call 315-432-0665 x14

S.A.I.L. & Learning Without Borders are programs of the Learning Disabilities Association of Central New York

A Love-Centered Community


Ages 6-17 at sleep-away camp.

Lonergan & Heritage Parks (Village of North Syracuse) June 30 - August 15 9:30am-3:00pm (Mon.-Fri.) Ages: 5-14 years Cost of 7 week program: $150/child for Village residents, $300/child for non-residents


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Summer Camp 2014 info: • 315-675-3651 US

Rethinking the Christian Camping Experience, and Creating the Safest Place from Teasing and Bullying on the Planet. Learn more at

Supervised by a trained staff and held in a park setting. Daily activities include sports/games, arts & crafts, field trips & theme days. Contact the Parks & Recreation office for further information at 458-8050.







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July 7 - 11 Open to high school students

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Registration begins May 1st

STEM Camp Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (315) 445-4230

July 7 - 11 July 14 - 18 July 21 - 25

July 28 - August 1

Visual Arts July 7 – 11 Theatre July 7 – 18 Film July 7 – 18 Strings July 21 – 25 Musical Theatre July 28 – Aug. 1

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For course information and to register for any of Onondaga Community College’s 2014 summer programs, go to Questions? Email or call 498-6000.

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The Princess and the Pea, Saturdays in May

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

Friday, May 2

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Cheer

the hometown Minor League Baseball team as they face the Toledo Mud Hens on the grass field. Alliance Bank Stadium, 1 Tex Simone Drive, Syracuse. $5-$12. Parking: $5. 474-7833. http://

Saturday, May 3 Public Fishing. 9:30-11:30 a.m.; also May 10, 17 & 24. Families and individuals can come for a morning of fishing; bait, rods and reels provided. Volunteers are on site to help beginners. (Fishing


license not required.) Carpenter’s Book Fish Hatchery, 1672 Route 321, Elbridge. $5/person. Registration required: 689-9367.

Wildlife Festival. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Families can

learn about nature through live birds of prey and mammal presentations; conservation-related puppet shows; canoe excursions; and activities such as making bird boxes. There’ll also be a bounce house, a stained glass craft, a backyard bass fishing game, and live music. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 Route 89, Savannah. $4/adults; $2/ age 5 and older; free/age 4 & younger. 365-3588.

Toddlers’ Tango. 11 a.m. Little ones can take part in creative music and dance using props and instruments. Central Library, Galleries of Syracuse, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1900.

Perusing with Pups. 11 a.m.-noon. Kids ages 6-10 can read to a dog from Sunshine Friends in a 10-minute session. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 492-1727. The Princess and the Pea. 12:30 p.m. The Magic Circle Children’s Theatre presents an original version of the fairy tale, in which children in the audience help the Queen and her staff test the visitor to the castle to determine if she’s a real princess. Children can dress up as fairy tale characters to enhance their fun. Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N. Clinton St., Syracuse. $5. 449-3823. Jazz on Demand. 2 p.m. A trio of CNY Jazz musicians performs music based on cards audience members draw that dictate tempo and style. Interactive and fun for all ages. Central Library, Galleries of Syracuse, 447 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1900.

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Sciencenter Showtime. 2 p.m. Learn about sensors and flight. Sciencenter Showtime, with a different topic each week, takes place Saturdays at 2 p.m. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 2 p.m. Vs. Tole-

do Mud Hens. See May 2 listing.

Sunday, May 4 Dollhouse and Miniature Show. 10

a.m.-4 p.m. Dealers show and sell items for adult collectors and children; display of projects by the Syracuse Area Miniature Enthusiasts; children’s table; and more. Holiday Inn Syracuse, 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool. $5.50/adults; free/age 12 and under. No strollers permitted. 469-4253.

Bountiful Baskets Auction. 11:30 a.m.1:30 p.m. Silent auction of gift baskets benefits Erwin Nursery School. Erwin First United Methodist Church, 920 Euclid Ave., Syracuse. Free admission. 472-5580. Moto-Inventions. 1-2 p.m.; Sundays in

May. Tinker with recycled materials and electricity to make whirling, moving machines. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/ adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 2 p.m. Vs. Tole-

do Mud Hens. See May 2 listing.

A Spring Celebration Concert. 4 p.m.

All four Syracuse Children’s Chorus ensembles perform. Hendricks Chapel, Syracuse University campus, Syracuse. $15-$22. 478-0582. www.

Monday, May 5 Secret Science Club. 3:30-5 p.m.; also May 19. Students in grades 6-9 read a science fiction book and then do related experiments involving science and technology. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. Registration required: 637-6374. Yoga for Everyone. 6-7 p.m.; also May

7, 21 & 28. Gentle yoga suitable for all. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 435-1940.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs.

Durham Bulls. See May 2 listing.

Tuesday, May 6 Storytime. 10 a.m.; also May 13, 20 & 27.

Kids ages 1-5, with a caregiver, can enjoy books, songs, dance and fun. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3519.

Craftastic Critters. 4:30-5:30 p.m.; also May

13, 20 & 27. Kids ages 5-10 can drop in to make a different craft each week. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs.

Durham Bulls. See May 2 listing.

Wednesday, May 7 Read, Sing, Play Storytime. 10 a.m.; also May 14, 21 & 28. Stories, songs and fingerplays for preschoolers. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. 435-5442. Mother’s Day Tea Party. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Lemonade and cookies served right after storytime (10:30 a.m.), plus a special craft. KidzClub Indoor

Garden Tour at Sycamore Hill, May 11 Play & Party Place, 219 Route 57, Phoenix. Included with admission: $8/regular play. 695-2211.

Multiple Moms Mingle. 6:30 p.m. Monthly meeting of mothers and expectant mothers of multiples. Ruby Tuesday, 3220 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Reserve: 308-0277. Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs.

Durham Bulls. See May 2 listing.

Thursday, May 8 MOMS Club of Syracuse-East. 9:30 a.m.

Gathering for local kids and moms. Manlius United Methodist Church, 111 Wesley St., Manlius. Free. 395-5009.

Mother’s Day Gifts. 1-4 p.m.; also May 10. Kids ages 6-10 can drop in and make a flowery gift for Mom, Grandma or another special lady. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. Call for additional details: 435-5442. Tween Craft Day. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Kids ages 9-12 make one of several items incuding a card, tissue paper flower, or beeswax candle. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310. Yoga for Parents, Action for Kids. 4:45-

5:30 p.m.; every Thursday. Kids ages 4-10 can take Samurai Action Class while parents take a yoga class on an adjoining mat space. Aikido of Central New York, 2550 Erie Blvd. E., Syracuse. Free/first three classes. Registration required: 449-2332.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. Noon. Vs.

Durham Bulls. See May 2 listing.

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Local Author Showcase. 6-7:30 p.m.; also

May 9. Area authors who write fiction and nonfiction adult and children’s books on a variety of topics will discuss their books and sell and sign copies. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Friday, May 9 Parade of Baskets. 4-7 p.m. Raffle of themed

baskets and gift cards benefits programs at the elementary school. Hot dogs, hamburgers and other food will be sold. Grimshaw Elementary School cafeteria, 5957 Route 20, LaFayette. Free admission. 677-3152.

Saturday, May 10 Community Wellness Fair. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Learn about services in the community. Presented by the Arise Early Recognition Screening Program. Oncenter, 800 S. State St., Syracuse. Free. 6713090. Animal ABCs. Noon. A Rosamond Gifford

Zoo staffer gives a presentation that features live animal visitors, animal artifacts and other fun; best for birth to age 5, accompanied by an adult. White Branch Library, 763 Butternut St., Syracuse. Free. 435-3519.

The Princess and the Pea. 12:30 p.m. See

May 3 listing.

Fire Department Visit and Storytime.

1 p.m. Kids age 3 and up can see an engine from the Onondaga Hill Volunteer Fire Department and hear a story. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration preferred: 492-1727.

Mother’s Day Tea. 2-4 p.m. Tea and other beverages, savory sandwiches, scones. Event also features a photo booth, raffles and a plant sale. Benefit for Home Learner’s Association of Central New York and Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital. St. Michael’s Church, 5108 W. Genesee St., Camillus. $12/person; free/under 5. 717-3615. Sensory Friendly Time. 5:30-7:30 p.m.

MOST staffers turn down the noise, turn off the flashing lights and shut off the air compressors so people with sensory issues can enjoy the museum. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Cost: $5. 425-9068, Ext. 2143.

Sunday, May 11 MOTHER’S DAY Mother’s Day Buffet. Seatings 11:30 a.m.

& 2:30 p.m. Buffet includes ham, seafood salad, fruit salad, dessert bar and more. Skyline Lodge, Highland Forest, Route 80, 3 miles east of Fabius. $20.95/adult; $10.95/child; free/under 5. 6773303.

Garden Tour at Sycamore Hill. 11 a.m.-4

p.m. Enjoy over 250 acres of landscaped gardens and ponds, 500,000 flowering bulbs and 700 flowering trees and shrubs. A benefit for Baltimore Woods Nature Center. Sycamore Hill Gardens, 2130 Old Seneca Turnpike, Marcellus. $10/adults; free/children under 8. 673-1350.

Chemsations. 2 p.m.; also May 25. High

school students demonstrate chemistry reactions such as disappearing ink and dry ice. Sciencenter, 601 First St., Ithaca. Admission: $8/adults; $7/ seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 2720600.

Monday, May 12 Drop In for Crafts. 9:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Chil-

dren from preschoolers to those in grade 6, with a caregiver, can make seasonal crafts with provided materials. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310.

American Girl. 6 p.m. Explore the time peri-

ods of the different American Girls through crafts, games and food. For ages 8-12. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 492-1727.

Tuesday, May 13 Teen MOPS. 4-6 p.m. 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. 569-2542.

Wednesday, May 14 Let’s Pretend. 1 p.m.; also May 28. Kids ages

3-5, with an adult, will learn about animals by acting out how they behave. There will also be a craft and outdoor activities. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $5/child; $4/vehicle. Reservations required: 638-2519.

Family Craft Night. 6-7 p.m. Adults, kids

and teens can together make a stained-glass craft. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. $5. Registration required: 637-6374.

Thursday, May 15 Storytime. 10:30 p.m.; also May 22 & 29.

Stories, songs and rhymes make a lively time for you and your child. Betts Branch Library, 4862 S. Salina St., Syracuse. Free. 435-1940.

South Otselic Fishing Heritage Day.

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Fishing clinics for beginners, educational activities, guided tours of the hatchery, displays, live music and more. Locations around the hamlet including the State Fish Hatchery and Otselic Town Park, South Otselic. Free admission. 653-7490.

Junior Café Scientifique. 9:30-11 a.m. The

Technology Alliance of Central New York presents a talk by Ryan Goodson about the history of the telescope made famous by Isaac Newton. The talk is geared toward middle school students, who must be accompanied by an adult. Attendees can visit the exhibits after the presentation. Museum of Science and Technology (MOST), 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square, Syracuse. Free. Register by email:

Fit Families Fair. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids can take part in yoga, skateboarding, jump roping, hula hooping and hiphop dance. There will also snack samples, cooking demonstrations and more. John Carno Center, 823 State Fair Blvd., Lakeland. Free. 468-3710.

National Kids to Parks Day. 10 a.m. Naturalist leads a walk for kids to look for wildlife and explore habitats. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $4/vehicle. Registration required: 638-2519. Home School Providers Informational Fair. 10 a.m.-noon. Organizations that provide

services to homeschooling families offer information about how to get started. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 457-0310.

Catch the Keeper Day. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Zoo keepers interact with visiting families and talk about the animals, including ones not part of the regular demonstration schedule. Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park, 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse. Admission: $8/adults; $5/senior citizens; $4/children; free/age 2 and younger. 435-8511. Animal ABCs. 10:30 a.m. Children under 5

Friday, May 16 YogaKids. 3:30 p.m. Midge Regier, certified

Women’s Safety Seminar. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

YogaKids teacher, shows kids ages 4-10 how to stay healthy and happy as they grow. Mats provided. Onondaga Free Library, 4840 W. Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 492-1727.

Saturday, May 17


Mommy & Me Rummage Sale. 9 a.m.1 p.m. Maternity, infant, toddler and children’s clothing, toys, books, games, gear, bedding and more. Liverpool Elks Lodge No. 2348, 3730 Cold Springs Road, Baldwinsville. 558-3480. www.

and their caregivers can hear a story and see animals from the Rosamond Gifford Zoo up close. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326.

Frozen Family Fun Night. 5-8 p.m. Kids can dress as characters from Frozen, get glitter tattoos and do a snowman craft. KidzClub Indoor Play & Party Place, 219 Route 57, Phoenix. $10/age 8 and under. 695-2211.

Happy Mother’s Day

Komen CNY Race for the Cure. 8-11:30 a.m. Ceremony, activities and a 5k run and a run/walk raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research; registration at 7:30 a.m. State Fairgrounds, Geddes. Registration: $30-$40/adult; $25/student run/walk; $15/Kids for the Cure 1 mile. 472-6162.

Syracuse Chargers Rowing Club High School Regatta. 8 a.m. SU Boathouse, Long

Branch Park, Longbranch Road, Liverpool. Free for spectators. 453-6712.

Girls and women over age 12 can get safety information and hands-on physical training. Lunch provided. Five Star Martial Arts, 7575 Buckley Road, North Syracuse. Free. Registration required: 935-5874.

Big Rig Day. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Kids and families

can climb behind the wheels of a fire truck and other large vehicles provided by area companies and organizations. Presented by the City of Syracuse Parks and Recreation Department. Burnet Park, Coleridge or Avery Avenue entrance, Syracuse. Free admission; small fee for some activities and food. 473-4330, Ext. 3006. www.syracuse.

The Princess and the Pea. 12:30 p.m. See

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Mother’s Day Tea, May 10 Kids Fest. 1-5 p.m. Free bowling for kids; plus organizations display information about services and products for families. AMF Strike N Spare Lanes, 1777 Brewerton Road, Mattydale. 454-4428. Family Fun Day. 1-5 p.m. A fundraiser for the Challenger Field of Dreams will feature live music, games, raffles, food, and magic and balloons by Jason the Entertainer. DeWitt Carrier Park, 600 Roby Ave., East Syracuse. Advance: $15/adults; $10/under 12; free/under 5. Door: $20. 447-6723. Jazz on Demand. 2 p.m. A trio of CNY Jazz musicians performs music based on cards audience members draw that dictate tempo and style. Interactive and fun for all ages. Paine Branch Library, 113 Nichols Ave., Syracuse. Free. 435-5442. Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Columbus Clippers. See May 2


Sunday, May 18 Charity for Children Run and Walk. 9 a.m. Certified 8K, 5K run and walk and kids fun run. Fundraiser for Charity for Children, which provides for children with diseases, disabilities and disorders. Green Lakes State Park, 7900 Green Lakes Road, Fayetteville. $30/through May 9; $35/late registration; $5/ kids fun run. 234-1443. Register: Barry Park Fun Run. 10:30 a.m. Run the half-mile loop along Meadowbrook Drive, or just enjoy the food-truck items for sale. Benefit for the Barry Park Association. Barry Park playground, Meadowbrook Drive and Broad Street, Syracuse. $5 donation for fun run. 476-5228. Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 2 p.m. Vs. Columbus Clippers. See May 2


Monday, May 19 Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Columbus Clippers. See May 2


Tuesday, May 20 Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. Noon. Vs. Columbus Clippers. See May 2


Wednesday, May 21 Tween Audacity. 4:30-5:30 p.m. Kids ages 9-12 can burn a CD; they

should come prepared to record, bringing a song, instrument or something to read or recite. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. Registration required: 457-0310.

Teen Geeks. 6-8 p.m. Kids in grades 7-12 can hang out, play games, eat

snacks and create. Liverpool Public Library, 310 Tulip St., Liverpool. Free. 4570310.

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Family Fishing Day, May 31

Tweens Make the Beat. 5:30 p.m. Kids ages 8-12 can read their poetry or sing songs during this open mic session. Hazard Branch Library, 1620 W. Genesee St., Syracuse. Free. 435-5326. Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Pawtucket Red Sox. See May 2 listing.

Friday, May 23 The Cat in the Hat. 7 p.m.; through June 14. Gifford Family Theatre presents a lively, engaging version of the Dr. Seuss children’s book in a production that’s fun for all ages. Coyne Center for the Performing Arts, Le Moyne College, 1419 Salt Springs Road, Syracuse. $15/adults; $10/children. 445-4200. Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Pawtucket Red Sox. See May 2 listing. Star Party. 8:30-10:30 p.m. Participants can see features of the spring sky through telescopes. Potential sights include intense meteor activity, plus views of Saturn, Jupiter and Mars. Baltimore Woods Nature Center, 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. $8/individual; $25/family. Register: 673-1350.

Saturday, May 24 Syracuse Chargers 1-2-3 Run. 7:30 a.m.-

4:30 p.m. Timed trail runs along a 10 mile course that can be repeated once, twice or three times; plus a children’s run. Food and refreshments follow. Highland Forest, Route 80, 3 miles east of Fabius. $15/advance; $30/after May 19; $30/race day. 470-6848.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 6:30 p.m. Vs. Pawtucket Red Sox. Fireworks follow this game. See May 2 listing. Memorial Day Watchfire. Dusk-8 p.m. Vet-

erans and non-veterans gather for a watchfire ceremony and lighting of a pyre to honor those who have served the nation. Watchfire Park (between Routes 690, 695 & State Fair Boulevard), State Fairgrounds, Geddes. Free. 468-5898.

Art on the Farm. 10 a.m.-noon. Kids in grades 1-3 can plant a sunflower seed to take home and can explore techniques to create a personal work of art. Abbott Farms, 3275 Cold Springs Road, Baldwinsville. $15. Register: 2892706.

May 3 listing.

The Cat in the Hat. 2 p.m.; through June 14.

See May 23 listing.

Syracuse Chiefs Baseball. 7 p.m. Vs. Pawtucket Red Sox. See May 2 listing.

Sunday, May 25 Munnsville Memorial Day Parade. 1

p.m. Parade leaves Ferris Industries along Route 46 to the Four Corners. Ceremony following parade at Munnsville American Legion Post 54, 6311 East Hill Road, Munnsville. Free. 495-6593.

Memorial Day Concert. 2 p.m. Stan Colella

Orchestra performs in this tribute to fallen heroes. Henninger High School auditorium, 600 Robinson St., Syracuse. Free. 473-4330.


Friday, May 30 Gifford Family Theatre Preview. 4:30 p.m. Actors from the Gifford Family Theatre will appear in costume for their latest show, Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat for storytime. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948.

Promise Walk for Pre-Eclampsia. 8:30 a.m. Event raises awareness and funds for pre-eclampsia and related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Willow Bay shelter, Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. Donations and pledges. 491-1025.

Arcade displays and celebrates seaside amusements in all their beeping, blipping, vibrant glory. Strong National Museum of Play, 1 Manhattan Square, Rochester. Admission: $13.50/general; free/younger than 2. (585) 263-2700.

The Princess and the Pea. 12:30 p.m. See

See Ongoing Events

Saturday, May 31

Exhibit Opening. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Boardwalk

North Syracuse Family Festival. 11 a.m.5 p.m. Annual festival features crafters, music, and games for children, among other activities. Lonergan Park, 524 S. Main St., North Syracuse. Free. 458-0375.

Thursday, May 29

Monday, May 26 MEMORIAL DAY

Family Fishing Day. 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Kids and adults can learn the basics of freshwater fishing from volunteers and staff; bait, rods and reels provided, but bring a rod if you have one. Carpenter’s Book Fish Hatchery, 1672 Route 321, Elbridge. Free. Registration required: 689-9367. The Cat in the Hat. 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.; through June 14. See May 23 listing.

Benefit for LaFayette Outreach. 8 a.m.noon. Silent auction, plant sale, bake sale, ice cream sundaes, kid’s craft area. Proceeds benefit food pantry. Columbia Presbyterian Church, Routes 11 & 20, LaFayette. 677-3293.

May 3 listing.

Tuesday, May 27


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Canoeing & Kayaking. Weekends, 9 a.m.-

Wednesday, May 28 Pregnancy Information. 6:30-8 p.m. Members of CNY Doula Connection answer questions at a fun and informative meeting for pregnant women. Mother Earth Baby, 188 Water St., Oswego. Free. 263-8749.

The Princess and the Pea. 12:30 p.m. See

4 p.m.; May 10-25. Paddle around Beaver Lake searching for beaver lodges, turtles and herons. Beaver Lake Nature Center, 8477 E. Mud Lake Road, Baldwinsville. $10/first hour of rental. $4 per vehicle. Call for current conditions: 638-2519.

Onondaga Lake Skate Park. 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; daily (weather permitting); through Sept. 2. (Shorter hours after Sept. 2.) The 16,900 square foot skate park is open for BMX, skateboards and inline skates. Helmets and signed waivers are required. Onondaga Lake Skate Park, Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway. $3/session. 453-6712.

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Onondaga County Beaches. Fridays-Sundays and Memorial Day, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; May 24-June 15. Jamesville Beach Park, 4110 West Shore Manor, Jamesville. Oneida Shores Park, 9400 Bartell Road, Brewerton. $7/vehicle. 4355252 (Jamesville) or 676-7366 (Oneida). Wegmans Tram. Daily, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; May 10-23. Daily, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.;

May 24-Sept. 1. Schedule subject to change. Onondaga Lake Park, Onondaga Lake Parkway, Liverpool. $1/person. 453-6712.

Great Swamp Conservancy Nature Trails. Daily, dawn to dusk.

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

Baltimore Woods Nature Center. Hiking trails and parking are free and open every day from dawn to dusk. Interpretive Center open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; closed Sundays. Snowshoe rental: $5/day. 4007 Bishop Hill Road, Marcellus. 673-1350. Barnes & Noble Storytimes. Thursdays, 10 a.m. Join a storytime for toddlers and preschoolers that’s features a book, songs and coloring. Barnes & Noble, 3454 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. Free. 449-2948. Maxwell Library Storytimes. Storytimes and book groups for all ages. Call for dates and times. Maxwell Memorial Library, 14 Genesee St., Camillus. Free. 672-3661. Northeast Community Center Library Storytimes. Preschool

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

DeWitt Community Library. Library offers hundreds of free programs for parents and children. DeWitt Community Library, Shoppingtown Mall (below food court), 3649 Erie Blvd. E., DeWitt. 446-3578. Fayetteville Free Library Storytimes. (Excluding holidays.) First

Steps: (Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:30 a.m.) for children who are good walkers. Fabulous 4s and 5s: (Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.) for preschoolers to get skills to prepare for reading. Terrific 2s and 3s: (Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.) kids can learn letters, sounds and words. Cuddletime: (Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.) for babies not yet walking and an adult. Fayetteville Free Library, 300 Orchard St., Fayetteville. Free. 637-6374.

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

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

Program for children ages Program for children ages 8-10 of divorced, separated, 8-10 of divorced, separated, or widowed parents. or widowed parents. Thursdays 5:30-6:15pm Thursdays 5:30-6:15pm May 8thth - June 12thth May 8 - June 12nd

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 per vehicle. 638-2519.

Syracuse Go Club. Every Monday, 7-10 p.m. Wegmans sit-down dining area, 6789 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville. Club devoted to the ancient Chinese game of Go; players of all ages. Free. 479-9073.

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Regional Market Farmers’ Market.

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

ATTRACTIONS Corning Museum of Glass. 1 Corning

Glass Center, Corning. Daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. $14/ adults; free/age 19 and under. (607) 937-5371. Ongoing: You Design It, We Make It: Glassblowers choose from among designs submitted by young visitors and create that work on the spot.

Erie Canal Museum. 318 Erie Blvd. E., Syra-

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

Everson Museum of Art. 401 Harrison

St. $5 donation. 474-6064. World-class museum includes Children’s Interactive Gallery designed to acquaint beginning art viewers with basic art principles, with areas dedicated to portraiture, handson activities, and a classroom.

International Boxing Hall of Fame.

Onondaga Historical Association Museum. 321 Montgomery St., Syracuse.

Thruway Exit 34, Canastota. Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $4/adults, $3/seniors, $3/youths. Ages 6 and younger free. 697-7095.

Wednesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Donation. 428-1864. Syracuse’s only comprehensive local history museum, with exhibits on architecture, local industries, transportation and more.

H. Lee White Museum and Maritime Center. W. First St., Oswego. Monday-Sunday,

Oswego Railroad Museum. 56 W. First St., Oswego. Open Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. Saturdays & Sundays, noon-5 p.m. $2/age 12 & older; $1/ages 6-11; free/age 5 & younger. 342-0028.

10 a.m.-5 p.m. $7/adult; $3/teen; free/age 12 & under. 342-0480. Exhibits highlight more than 400 years of maritime history. Vessels on display include: New York State Derrick Boat 8 from the Canal System, schooner Ontario and Eleanor D, the last U.S. commercial fishing vessel to work Lake Ontario.

Museum of Science and Technology (MOST). 500 S. Franklin St., Armory Square,

Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park.

Syracuse. Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Museum admission: $10/adults; $8/seniors and ages 2-11. IMAX admission only: $10/adults; $8/ children and senior citizens; (473-IMAX). Planetarium (only available with museum admission): $2. 425-9068. Through Aug. 17: Dr. Entomo’s Amazing Arthropods, an exhibit of insects. Hands-on science center features the Bristol Omnitheater, Science Playhouse, Earth Science Discovery Cave, Technotown, and Flight and Space Exhibit. Silverman Planetarium shows “Zoo in the Sky,” for kids under age 8, Saturdays, Sundays and school holidays, 11:15 a.m.; “Seasonal Sky” Saturdays, Sundays and school holidays, 3:15 p.m.

Octagon House. 5420 W. Genesee St.,

Camillus. Sundays and some holidays, 1-5 p.m. Weekdays by appointment. Free tours. 488-7800. House on the National Register of Historic Places and complete with 1856 kitchen and six stories restored to 1856-1900 style.

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

Sciencenter. 601 First St., Ithaca. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $6/ages 3-17; free/under 3. (607) 272-0600. www.sciencenter. org. Inspires people of all ages to discover the excitement of science through exhibits and programs.

Seward House. 33 South St., Auburn. Tues-

day-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Admission: $8/adults; $7/seniors; $5/students with identification; free/under 6. 252-1283. Designated National Historic Landmark was the home of William Henry Seward, governor of New York, state and US senator, and secretary of state to Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson and purchaser of Alaska.

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Shacksboro Schoolhouse Museum.

Caton Street, McHarrie Park, Baldwinsville. Wednesday-Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Free. 6382452.

Shakowi Cultural Center. Route 46, Oneida. 363-1424. Daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Ongoing: Oneida Culture: The Living Past, highlighting the knowledge of Oneida Nation elders on subjects ranging from corn to early medicine; Oneida Industries, life-size plaster figures engaging in different crafts; The Oneida Art of Basketry. Sims Store Museum. 5750 Devoe Road, off

Route 690 (in Camillus Erie Canal Park), Camillus. Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m. (May through October). Replica of canal store features exhibits, early photos and maps. Also, narrated canal-boat tours available (Sundays, 1-5 p.m.; $3/adult, $1.50/ages 5-11) as well as biking, hiking, fishing and playground along 7-mile stretch of Erie Canal Park. 488-3409.

Women’s Rights National Historical Park. 136 Fall St., Seneca Falls. Daily, 9 a.m.-5

p.m. Closed national holidays. 568-2991. History of the women’s rights movement.

WonderWorks. 9090 Destiny USA Drive, Syracuse. Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Experience more than 100 handson exhibits, compete in a game of lazer-tag and take part in the Canyon Climb Adventure. Suspended 70ft in the air it’s the World’s largest indoor ropes challenge course. General admission: $24.99 (plus tax)/adults $16.99+/children (4-12) and seniors (55 plus);. Add lazer tag: $3+. Add the Canyon Climb: $10+. Canyon Climb only: $14.99+. Sky Tykes only (48 inches tall and under): $7.99+ (Included in general admission for children 48 inches tall and under). Lazer tag only: $6.99+ (replays $2.99+). Children age 3 and under are free. 466-7700.

Skaneateles Historical Society. The Creamery, 28 Hannum St., Skaneateles. Friday-Saturday, 1-4 p.m. 685-1360.

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Strong National Museum of Play.

1 Manhattan Square, Rochester. Admission: $13.50; free/younger than 2. (585) 263-2700. Permanent exhibits include National Toy Hall of Fame with inductees such as alphabet blocks, Barbie, Crayola crayons, G.I. Joe and the ever-versatile cardboard box. Also, super-sized kids’ market and more; lunch available at Bill Gray’s Skyliner Diner.

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Samurai Action Class

Focus, fitness and fun for ages 4-10! Taught by Jonathan Reid, MS Pediatric OT 2550 Erie Blvd.,449-2332,

Creative writing classes taught through the use of theater games. Middle and high school classes beginning in July. Taught by FMHS English and theater faculty. (646) 522-1980 or

EMPLOYMENT Flag Football, Soccer, Basketball & T-Ball Leagues for Kids 3-14 years old 315-766-2006

NOW HIRING!!! $28/HR. Undercover Shoppers Needed To Judge Retail & Dining Establishments. PT/FT. No Experience. If You Can Shop - You Are Qualified!!


Change a Child’s Life

body recognition class

movement. music. instruments. imagination. We will explore the motions of our bodies with dance. For children 8 mos.-5 yrs old. Birthday parties available. Call Tamar @ 446-2750 or

Yoga & Nature Camp

July 21-25th 9-11:30am @ May Memorial 3800 E Genesee St, Syracuse ~ ages 7-14 for more info contact: Julie Daniel or call: 622-3423

AUTOMOTIVE $18/Month Auto

Insurance - Instant Quote - Any Credit Type Accepted Get the Best Rates In Your Area. Call (800) 869-8573 Now.

EDUCATIONAL SERVICES Attend College online

from home: *Medical, *Business, *Criminal Justice, *Hospitality. Job placement assistance. Computer available. Financial aid if qualified. SHEV Authorized. 800-494-3586

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Become a Foster and/or Adoptive Parent For Information, Call Glove House 315.539.3724

HEALTH & WELLNESS Abilities Speech Language Therapy, LLC Private practice. Free phone consultation (315)416-4344, or visit

!!! Used Music Instruments Sale !!!

Why Pay Rent when you can play for Keeps? Appts. only please: 315-478-7840


Children & Adults, Beginner thru Advanced PRACTICAL* THEORY * EAR TRAINING 315-218-7827

SERVICES HOME IMPROVEMENT Painting, roofing, siding, power wash, stain, & build decks gutters, door & window installation, carpentry, masonry, & all inside work. Joe Ball, Retired teacher, 436-9008

Protect Your Family Against Dryer Fires

Dryer Vent: Cleaning, Repairs, New Installation, Free-Estimates, Fully Insured! A Plus+ Property Services **** 430-1121

What’s in our Back Pack Giveaway? Sciencenter 1 Year Family Membership 2 Winners

To enter: Send all contact information to with “DVD” in the subject line. Entry deadline May 15, 2014 4/24/14 1:45 PM


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25, 2014 5-10 PM


LEON Festival (LEON is NOEL spelled backwards)


SCHEDULED EVENTS INCLUDE: • Lights on the Lake displays will be set up • Family Fun Zone includes: Laser Tag Magicians/Face painters Bounce Houses • Family Dance Party • Fun Photo Booth

• LIVE Music with National Headliner, Kidz Bop

• Big Truck area featuring emergency vehicles and a Mercy Flight Central helicopter (Weather permitting)

• Fireworks 9:30pm - fireworks over the lake presented by Wegmans!

• Crafts • Health Information for Kids and Families

• “Orange” Ball Drop 9:45

Food trucks will be available

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Family Times May 2014  
Family Times May 2014