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Inside February

Vol.20 Number 2

in this issue 6|G  VParent.com

On the Web in February

8 | Editor’s Note 10 | Buzzworthy 

Reviews & News

28 | B  ook Nook With Love

30 | P arenting – Teens &

Tweens Snack on This – Hearthealthy Snacks for Teens

32 | M  odern Mom

Seven Date Night Ideas With Kids in Tow

34 | Y our Family – health Dentist Visits Without Tears or Terror

36 | C  alendar of Events

Family-Friendly Events Winter Events Support Groups & Clubs Ongoing Events & Exhibits

46 | W  IN!

Front Row Seats to Sesame Street Live!

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Party Awesome A-Z

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Charitable Parties // cause & celebration 8 Birthday Traditions // try them & make them your own!

our party issue

on the cover Party awesome A-Z 12 How to host a charitable birthday party 18 8 birthday traditions to try 22 116 things to do this February 36 Date night ideas with kids in tow 32 Heart-healthy snacks for teens 30

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party & celebrations guide

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Online-Only Editorial This month you can look forward to Valentine’s Day crafts and activities, bird feeders you can make at home to help your feathered friends fend off the freeze (and celebrate National Bird Feeding month!) as well as plenty of information and local events for Black History Month and Heart Disease awareness. Its no surprise that February, even when it has an extra day, is the shortest month of the year.

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Black History Month National Bird-Feeding Month Parent Leadership Month N  ational Wear Red Day (first Friday, 1st) wear red to show your support for the awareness of heart disease. • Valentine’s Day (14th) • P residents Day (Third Monday, 18) – Celebrates the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln (12th) and George Washington (22nd) • • • •

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[ editor’s note ]

By Jillian Melnyk

everyone loves a party!

W 8 what’s on your mind?  i would love to hear from you! send me an email to editor@gvparent.com

ell, almost everyone. A party can be a real drag if you have to spend the whole festivity fixing decorations and making snacks, snapping photos, cleaning up messes, and worrying that each guest (and the birthday child!) is having a good time. It can be... not so festive. Not to mention all of the stress that goes into planning that party. It’s enough to make anyone’s head spin.

That’s why our annual Party & Celebration issue focuses on helping you host the best party possible, while minimizing your stress. We’ve packed this issue with tons of real, helpful ideas including DIY tips, local party venues, party themes and more. Whether you’re planning a big bash or a little fiesta, we’ve got you covered. We will also be “pinning” some of our favorite party ideas on Pinterest this month at www.Pintetest. com/GVParentMag – join us there! Any great party pins we see we’ll be adding to our party and celebrations pin board. We think one of the greatest things about parenting is sharing ideas and community support and that’s what Pinterest is all about; sharing ideas and swapping recipes and household tips, sort of like our mothers and grandmothers used to do. We love Pinterest and

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are eager to share your tips with fellow readers – include the hash-tag #GVParent on anything you post or pin and we’ll repin it to one of our boards.

Here’s to many happy celebrations! Cheers!

Jillian

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health check

In need of a health check? On February 7th the University of Rochester Medical Center will be conducting free physicals for people of all ages. Patients will be seen by medical students, residents, and physicians. Due to the program’s popularity, patients are advised to arrive early. Doors open at 4:30 pm, and the first 75 people in line will receive comprehensive physicals for school, sports participation, or work permits. Patients between the ages of 11 and 19 will also receive adolescent risk assessments, as well as mental health counseling if warranted.

Prospective patients must follow these guidelines: · Bring the name, phone number, and address of the doctor whom you usually visit, if you have one ·  Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian · No matter what school they attend, students ages 17 and 18 must bring a signed RCSD Physical Examination: Parent Consent Form. It is available online at:  www.rcsdk12.org/Page/840 Where: School of Medicine and Dentistry, 415 Elmwood Avenue. Parking is free in the School of Medicine and Dentistry parking lot. The physicals are provided courtesy of the URMC Center for Advocacy, Community Health, Education and Diversity and the Department of Emergency Medicine. For more information, call 275-7203.

contest alert Love Fido? Think Fluffy is the best? Kids can tout just how great their best fuzzy – or scaly – friend is in the Pets Add Life poetry contest! Third through eighth grade students are invited to write a unique poem about their pets, what they love about them, and the joys they bring. Poems can be submitted online at www.petsaddlife.org, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/petsaddlife. Entries can also be mailed to Pets Add Life, 661 Sierra Rose Dr., Reno, NV 89511. One student from each grade level nationwide will win a $250 gift certificate for pet products and a “by-line” in a nationally circulated publication. In addition, the six winning students’ classrooms will each receive a $1,000 scholarship to spend on pet-related education. Contest deadline: February 22 at 5 pm EST.

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reading roundup

The Kids & Family Reading Report, biannual report from Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company, and the Harrison Group, a leading marketing and strategic research consulting firm, recently shed light on some recent reading trends: Percent of children who have read an ebook

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of parents feel their children do not spend enough time reading books for fun

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of children say they would read more books for fun if they had greater access to ebooks

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of kids who read ebooks still read books for fun primarily in print

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of kids say they are more likely to finish a book they choose themselves

why ebooks

Kids say that ebooks are better than print books when they do not want their friends to know what they are reading, and when they are out and about/traveling.

why print

Print books are seen by kids as better for sharing with friends and reading at bedtime. For more information on the report visit www.scholastic.com/readingreport


good night!

Lately we’ve all been hearing and reading a lot about how to get better sleep; and that’s a good thing. Sleep is important as a parent – you need to be focused and energized to keep up with kids, schedules and everything in between. But there’s a lot you might not know. The Family Sleep Institute busts these common sleep myths to help you be informed and well-rested: MYTH: “Falling asleep before my head hits the pillow is a sign of healthy, normal sleep.” FACT: Not necessarily so. Normally it takes 10-20 minutes to fall asleep. Falling asleep immediately is more likely a sign of sleep deprivation, a signal your body needs more sleep than you’ve been getting lately. MYTH: “I sleep great; like a log, never moving or waking once during the night.” FACT: Actually, waking 1-3 times during the night is normal. A night of healthy sleep is composed of four to five sleep cycles. Between each of these cycles we naturally come very close to waking or actually wake up completely. We may roll over or adjust the covers. Often, the time we are awake is so short we don’t notice or remember it in the morning. Other times we are more aware. Waking in the night is only considered a “problem” when you have regular difficulty getting back to sleep; again in 10-20 minutes or so. MYTH: “I don’t get much sleep during the work week but I make up for it on the weekend by sleeping in and taking long naps.” FACT: You may be able to pay off a little of your accumulated sleep debt this way, but it’s still not the same as getting adequate sleep on a regular basis. If your body needs 8 hours of sleep and you get only 6 each night of the week, you are 10 hours in debt by Friday. Most sleep experts agree that you may be able to pay off sleep debt by adding an hour or two of sleep to your nightly quota on a regular basis for awhile, but sleeping in huge chunks is just as likely to disturb your circadian rhythms, making it even harder to maintain regular schedules in the future. MYTH: “I get by just fine on 6 hours of sleep.” FACT: We frequently hear this myth spoken out loud; predictably by busy entrepreneurs or parents. The truth is the typical human body requires between 7 and 9 hours (children and teens even more) of sleep time each night to repair the damage done, restore the chemicals depleted and re-balance the chaos created during the average day. Genetic research has shown that only 3% of people truly thrive on 6 hours of sleep or less. The rest are merely “getting by.” Rochester Area & Genesee Valley Parent • February 2013

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party awesome By Jillian Melnyk

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featured here // local reader & blogger (www.naptimenotebook.com) Mary Beth Nerone hosted a carnival-themed party complete with a wheel of candy, photo booth, face painting & carnival games.

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f you’re looking for party inspiration, we’ve got you covered! Say goodbye to boring parties (ditch those old party hats, already!) and try out these fabulous, fresh ideas to make your party sparkle.

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Animal adventures.

Take the adventure on the road and head to the Seneca Park Zoo, the Humane Society’s Lollypop Farm or a local farm where you can get up close and personal with your fuzzy and scaly friends. Or let the animals come to you – various groups like WOWEE and Jeff Stewart’s Reptile Theater will bring animals to your door (or a space you’ve rented) with educational and entertaining shows.

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Get your bounce on.

Let the kiddos jump for joy and run wild with this active-style party. The bonus for you is that at the end of the day they’ll be all tuckered out. Check out Jump Club, Bernie’s Bouncers, Kango Play Center, and Bounce-It-Out.

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Carnival!

Circus and carnival themes are hot right now and popping up everywhere from kids’ parties to weddings. This theme is fun for indoors or outdoors and can be done on a small or big budget – include games, popcorn, dress-up (fake mustaches and top hats are a must!) and more.

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DIY decorations.

With the help of the internet and websites like Etsy.com you can become the next Martha Stewart in a snap. Party sites and blogs such as party-wagon.com and catchmyparty.com have great tutorials featuring everything from DIY party bunting to cake creations, while sellers on Etsy offer up everything from reasonably-priced kits and party packs with every theme imaginable under the sun.

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Yummy eats.

You don’t need to go all-out with full meal service at your party to make a statement. Cool snacks can be more fun and festive than an extensive lunch. Try a snack bar, sundae stand, DIY cupcake decorating, or taco bar for inspired eats that are also budget and kid-friendly.

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Fit and fun.

You need to burn off all those cake calories, right? Plan an active party in your own backyard (organize games and activities – or make teams and host a homemade Olympics) or head out to a local gym, bowling center, dance studio, or fun center for a day of activities. Kids will enjoy the non-stop action and entertainment. Just remember to have lots of adults on hand to help corral them!

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Go green.

Looking to add a little eco-friendly vibe to your party? Send out email invitations instead of the traditional paper invites. Sites like www.evite. com let guests respond with their RSVP right away so you can keep track of who will be attending. Assist the birthday girl in sending out thank you notes via email after the party is complete.

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Help a cause.

Parties are a great way to have fun while helping out a charity or local organization. Instead of bringing gifts for the party host, guests can bring something to donate to a specified organization. (Looking for more information about charity parties? See page 18.)

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Indulge in ice.

Winter doesn’t need to keep your party relegated to indoors. Embrace the cold with a party featuring ice skating, skiing, sledding or other outdoor winter activities. Many area rinks offer skating packages for parties.

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Juice bar and mocktails.

Many grown-up parties come with complete bar service; shake up the kiddie party with a mocktail bar offering a selection of fresh juices and mocktails. For mocktails mix fresh juice with flavored seltzer water and garnish with fresh fruit. “Hire” a bartender (a special friend or neighbor – or dad) to do the mixing and serving. continued >>>

Surprise Prize Cupcakes Makes 24 cupcakes

These frosted cupcakes will be prized. Each holds a surprise of chocolate chip cookie dough baked inside chocolate cupcake batter, so each bite is a delight. • 1 package (18.25 ounces) plain chocolate cake mix • 1 1/3 cups water • 3 large eggs • 1/3 cup vegetable oil • 1 package (16.5 ounces) Nestlé Toll House Refrigerated Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar Dough • 1 container (16 ounces) prepared chocolate frosting • Nestlé Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Paper-line 24 muffin cups. BEAT cake mix, water, eggs and oil in large mixer bowl on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium speed for 2 minutes or until smooth. Spoon about 1/4 cup batter into each cup, filling about 2/3 full. CUT cookie dough into 24 pieces; roll each into a ball. Place one ball of dough in each muffin cup, pressing it to the bottom. BAKE for 19 to 22 minutes or until top springs back when gently touched. Let stand for 15 minutes. Remove to wire rack to cool completely. Spread with frosting and sprinkle with morsels. Photo courtesy of Nestlé // Recipe courtesy of Jenny Harper, Consumer Test Kitchen Project Manager for the Nestlé Test Kitchens. For more creative ideas visit www.VeryBestBaking.com.

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Keepsakes.

One of my own favorite party memories was decorating t-shirts at my 8th birthday party. Create activities that lets guests take a keepsake home to cherish – t-shirts, pillowcases, or tote bags can all be easily decorated with fabric markers. If a craft activity at the party isn’t exactly your thing, you can still easily incorporate a cherished keepsake for the birthday child: have each guest sign a pillowcase or t-shirt upon arrival or departure. It only takes a second and she’ll have a great item at the end of the day! Want to let guests get messy and express themselves while keeping your house intact? Host the party at a paint your own pottery studio like Color Me Mine.

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Letters and numbers.

Featured here // Nautical Birthday Party by Polkadot Prints. www.polkadotprints.com.au see more info about nautical parties on page 16.

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Personalize your party with cut-out cookies featuring the first letter of your child’s name and his


Facebook Fans Weigh In

Some of our Facebook fans share some of their best party tips and experiences:

I rented a community center and had WOWEE Wildlife for one of my daughter’s birthday parties and loved it. It was a larger party and I have never seen so many children pay attention and stay engaged for so long!

— Melinda D.

We hosted our daughter’s first birthday party at Springdale Farm and had access to the petting zoo. It was great!

— Sarah G.

age. Other ideas include having him wear a shirt with his age, hanging a poster with his age that guests can sign, and using a selection of cupcake toppers with his age.

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A touch of magic.

Hiring a magician can bring a bit of fun (and mystery) to a party – round it out with goodie bags loaded up with magical treats and toys. For an extra twist, try a Harry Potter theme.

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Nautical fun.

Ditch the traditional pirate theme for this fresher idea. Boats, ship captains, mermaids and more can all make an appearance at a nautical-inspired festivity. This motif is perfect for conjuring the spirit of summer during the blah winter months or great for a backyard party in June. Featured here // Nautical Birthday Party by Polkadot Prints. www.polkadotprints.com.au // See page 14.

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Oh, goody!

Goody bags don’t need to be extravagant. If you’re trying to keep your budget down, try filling them with small, useful items (especially since so many parents are hip to the de-cluttering fad) like pencils, markers and stickers. (Kids love stickers!)

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Need amazing party inspiration?

There’s nothing better than Pinterest.com. The image-filled site is loaded with content sourced from sites and blogs around the internet and perfect for browsing. (We’ll be making our own Party pin board for the month of February! Join us at Pinterest.com/GVParentMag)

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Get quirky.

Bored to death of pirates and princesses? Try a unique theme. Take to the web or brainstorm with your child. What are his favorite subjects in school or activities? Build a party around a unique theme like science and exploring – instead of traditional dinosaurs, try an archeology party comcontinued >>> Rochester Area & Genesee Valley Parent • February 2013

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plete with guests “hunting” for treasures in the backyard or living room. Check out museums for inspiration like a solar system or outer space party hosted at RMSC’s Strasberg Planetarium. Or try out a theme like Victorian/Steampunk, woodland, or a theme related to your favorite book like Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

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A little R&R.

Not all parties need to be extravagant and wild. Some children might prefer a quiet party or a simple gathering with just a friend or two. For a quiet party consider something relaxed like a meal out and a trip to the movies or invite a friend over to watch DVD’s with a big bowl of popcorn. Make it special so it doesn’t feel like just a normal day out – dress up and put candles on the pizza. Or try a movie-themed party complete with movie awards for favorite picture, a red carpet, and a little glitz.

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Plan a day at the spa.

Whether you mix up spa treatments and do manicures at home or head to a local spa that specializes in parties, this idea is sure to be a hit with young guests and moms!

Time for tea.

Tea parties can be fun and creative – from invitations to decorations you can go from simple and classic to wild and fun (think mad hatter tea party a la Alice in Wonderland.) Throw a tea party at home or take the party on the road for an afternoon of tea and treats at a local parlor like La Tea Da!

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Under the stars.

Host a backyard camp-out complete with s’mores and backyard tents. Older kids can sleep overnight, but for younger kids make it an afternoon affair where they can have fun at “camp” during the day. Cut out stars from construction paper and hang them around the yard. Invite guests to wear the best camp attire and be ready for some wilderness adventure!

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Video.

There can be so much going on during the special day that it might be hard to capture every single special moment on camera. Designate a vidoegrapher and photographer for the event (maybe a special relative or neighbor you trust) to be in charge of capturing each smile and silly expression. Set up a “photo booth” where kids can line up to say “cheese” and share a few birthday well-wishes on film.

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Wet and wild.

While it’s winter now, that doesn’t mean you can’t get a good soaking at a party. Area hotels often offer party packages where guests can dive into the pool and have fun. Fitness centers

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like the YMCA also offer party packages where guests can splash away.

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Xmas lights.

You stash them in the closet for eleven months out of the year, why not make use of your twinkling lights and string them up for the festivities? It will give the party a cheerful glow and cost you nothing.

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Add some yum.

Cake and parties go hand in hand, but if you’re looking for an alternative to the traditional birthday fare try cupcakes. Top your cupcakes with cute and colorful cupcake toppers that fit your theme. Try out a unique cupcake design or recipe like the one we’ve featured on page 13.

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Catch some zzzzz’s.

The key to a good slumber party is in the planning. Slumber party guests are old enough that they don’t need constant attention but they’ll appreciate snacks, a selection of movies, and games that they can enjoy sans parents. Let the birthday girl (or boy) get hands-on with the planning – picking a theme, food, decorations can be a great way for your child to get involved.  Jillian Melnyk is the Editor for Rochester Area & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine. Contact her at Editor@GVparent.com

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charitable parties // cause and celebration //

By Denise Morrison Yearian

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hildren’s charity birthday parties is an emerging concept that encourages youngsters to use their sought-after celebrations in a philanthropic way. And many families are seizing the day. When Tracy Crowley and Ingrid Yerger’s two 10-year-old sons and fellow schoolmates Cayden and Bo wanted to share their shindig, their mothers suggested they have a Hawaiian-themed party with a focus on presence, not presents. “We both knew what the boys really wanted was to have fun with their friends, and they didn’t need any more toys. So we suggested they have a party and donate their gifts to a children’s hospital,” says Cayden’s mother Tracy. “It went with the whole party theme — kids giving kids presents — and would involve sharing with those less fortunate. We threw the idea out to the boys but said, ‘It’s up to you.’ They thought it was a great idea.” Cayden and Bo’s bash was bountiful, with swimming, an inflatable moon bounce, a water ice truck and fifty children who donated a deluge of dolls, art activities, building blocks and books. “After the party the boys sorted the presents by gender then they each chose one gift they wanted. The rest were bagged and taken to the hospital,” says Tracy. “That’s when it really hit home. A hospital representative met us at the front door, shook Cayden and Bo’s hands and thanked them profusely. Although

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we couldn’t give the presents directly to the patients, she talked with the boys about how their giving would help and took them on a tour of the facility.”

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or the Morris family, benevolent birthdays are a burgeoning tradition. When their oldest son Jake celebrated his seventh last year, he had a baseball-themed blow out and asked attendees to donate children’s essentials to a

We both knew what the boys really wanted was to have fun with their friends, and they didn’t need any more toys. So we suggested they have a party and donate their gifts to a children’s hospital.” — Tracy Crowley


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things to consider when hosting a children’s charitable birthday party:

1. Proceed with permission. Before your child’s birthday, ask if he would like to have a charitable party. Move ahead with party plans only if your child is in total agreement then keep him central to all aspects of the planning and celebration. 2. Explore the options. There are several ways to host a charitable party: ask guests to participate in the charitable giving process, either by monetary means or by donating a specific type of gift; create a charitable project at the party to be donated, such as stuffing teddy bears; or opt out of party frills and make a personal contribution. 3. Choose a charity. Talk with your child about the kind of non-profit organization he would like to work with. Find an institution that taps into his interests — animals, art, literature, etc. Or adopt an underprivileged family with children the same age as your child. 4. Contact and confirm. Contact the organization and ask what type of donation (monetary or other) is needed. 5. Invite and inform. If you choose to have guests participate in the gift-giving process, include a note with the invitation explaining your effort. If specific items are needed, make suggestions. 6. Go the extra mile. Create a party theme with activities your child will enjoy. Focus on friendships and having fun. 7. Deliver the goods. Once the party is over include your child in the final gift-giving transaction. Take his picture with the donated items and have him go along to deliver them. If you are giving to a specific family, encourage your child to write a note letting the recipient know he was glad to help. 8. Offer accolades. Give your child praise for sharing his birthday. 9. Live it out. Set an ongoing example by integrating giving into your family’s lifestyle throughout the year.

local nonprofit organization. His younger brother Cole latched onto the idea. “During that time Jake explained to Cole why he chose to do this and Cole said he wanted to have a charitable party too. So when his birthday rolled around we rehashed the idea to make sure he was still up for it then decided on a tie-dye t-shirt party,” says Elisa Morris of her now 8- and 4-year olds. “We wanted to stay with the t-shirt theme so we contacted a charitable organization Cole was familiar with to okay the idea of donating shirts and then sent out invitations asking that instead of gifts, guests bring a shirt to give to a needy child.” continued >>> Rochester Area & Genesee Valley Parent • February 2013

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Cole’s celebration was a full-blown festivity with thirty pint-sized partakers and a variety of art and craft stations including tie-dying t-shirts, clay sculpting and wooden toy painting. Cole experienced an outpouring of offerings too. “We got tons of shirts — stacks! People brought outfits too!” says Elisa. “After the party we went to the agency and together handed the shirts over. The representative thanked him, took his picture to include in an upcoming newsletter and said, ‘Maybe when other people see your photo they’ll want to have parties like yours.’ I looked at Cole and his face was beaming. That’s when I knew he got it. He really got it!” Both parents agree the no-gift notion didn’t detract from the celebrations. It broadened their childrens’ community awareness and stirred up a sense of gratitude. “I think the whole event benefited Cole in that he enjoyed being with the people he loves, doing what he loves, which is arts and crafts. And that’s what’s really important,” says Elisa. “He also learned an important lesson about giving and developed a greater appreciation for others’ needs. And he had a great time in the process.” The event left an indelible impression on Cayden too. “He learned that he’s fortunate to have family and friends who love him, good health and a comfortable lifestyle,” says Tracy. “And that helping others is our responsibility, and with a little creativity it can be a fun and rewarding experience.”  Denise Yearian is the former editor of two parenting magazines and the mother of three children.

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birthday traditions

try them and make them your own!

By Kerrie McLoughlin

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very year when I was a kid my parents would let me choose where I wanted to eat dinner out for my birthday. Since I have a June birthday, another birthday tradition they kept going was to have a small party – including a cookout – for me with family and friends. Kids love to feel special, and it can be a challenge to find the time to come up with ways to make a birthday a knockout. Never fear! Below are 8 ideas for birthday traditions to start with your own kids. Pick and choose a few of them each year. Mix them up, try them out, add your own special flair, and you just might find the perfect new tradition your birthday kid will love!

Rise and shine.

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I like to wake my kids up on their birthday not with, “Get up! It’s time for school!” but with an extra long snuggle and the condensed version of the day they were born. Who doesn’t like to hear their birth story? Adopted and foster children can be told how they were brought into the family and how special they are.

Birthday letter.

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Every year I type up a birthday letter for each of my children telling them what great things they did, said and learned during the past year. I give the birthday child a copy, then save a copy in a binder and on my computer for myself (because we all know kids can’t keep track of stuff.) The plan is to give each of my children a copy of all their letters when they move out, which means they’ll have somewhere between 18 and 30 letters to enjoy!

Birthday slideshow.

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pop it in a special place (safe deposit box, fireproof box, etc.) so your child will always have it.

Photos.

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I try to take as many pictures as I can on birthdays and even make sure I’m included in some of them -- since I’m the mom and all! Later we like to get out old photo albums and the birthday kid’s baby album to pour over old memories.

Special meal.

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One of my kids loves the neighborhood restaurant where they sing Happy Birthday and are given a balloon to take home. Another is content heading to the local fast food indoor play area and grabbing bites of food in between trips down the slide. Make at least one meal for the birthday child – something out of the ordinary!

Special treat.

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We like to hit the cupcake restaurant or grab huge, frosted cookies from a local baker and share them with our friends and neighbors to spread the celebration around. A cheap (and just as special) route would be to make your child’s favorite dessert at home – cookies, cake, banana splits, shakes or ice cream sundaes are always a good bet. Depending on which fruit is in season (or go frozen!), a decadent fruit smoothie made with frozen yogurt could be nice.

Party – and it doesn’t have to be on the actual birthday.

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If you get a few gray hairs every time you think of planning a birthday party, don’t fret. Options include: a simple party at your place with just a few people, a bash at a park shelter or a celebration where a local children’s party place does all the work. If you’re child’s birthday comes at a hectic time of year (like during the holidays or certain school breaks) make a tradition of celebrating at a different time.

Birthday weekend sleepover with a few special friends (for kids over age 7).

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Warning: this one is not for the faint of heart! Order pizza to make life easy on yourself, grab some movies from the library, and have them set up their sleeping bags as far away from your bedroom as possible because loud laughter and lots of giggles will probably ensue.  Kerrie McLoughlin is the proud and kooky mom of five. Check out their adventures at TheKerrieShow.com.

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Party & Celebrations Guide Make your child’s birthday one that they will remember! Everything from entertainers to locations to supplies can be found here! Get ready to party! Candy Bear Land

3340 Monroe Ave., Rochester (585)227-BEAR www.candybearland.com/ Come celebrate your Birthday at Candy Bear Land! We have 3 party rooms.

The Sandbox

Choose from our party packages or create your own! Stuff an animal, have some candy and you’ll have the “Sweetest” Party EVER!

www .TheSandboxPlayground.com 1350 Fairport Road (31f) Fairport (585) 388-SAND 7263 Ages 1-7 When it’s time for your little ones birthday, don’t let big kids ruin the fun. Kick off your shoes and celebrate at the Sandbox, where everything is just the right size, including the price. New party packages now available. Stop in for open play 7 days a week and shop or consign your children’s outgrown items in our new consignment store.

RockVentures Climbing & Teambuilding Center

La-Te-Da Tea Room & Parlour

Climbing & Adventure Birthday Party Options!, 1044 University Ave. Rochester 14607 442-5462 www.RockVentures.net

Parties are memorable, full service and include climbing and/or high ropes course. $10.00 off with mention of this ad.

Rich the Magic Man 585-729-0035 www.richthemagicman.com

Rochester’s Silly-est Magician! The Most Interactive & High Energy Magician In Rochester!! All Kids Love Rich the Magic Man! Make your Childs Birthday Special! Balloon Animal, Goody Bags! Your Child can also become a Wizard at the Only All Day Magic Camp in the summer! Westside July 29 - Aug 2 Eastside Aug 5-9.

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[ book nook]

By Jillian Melnyk

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elebrate the season of love with this selection of books that feature love and friendship – perfect for spicing up your Valentine’s Day!

more reads Check out these other best-sellers, new releases, & classics that feature love, friendship & Valentine’s Day: The Day it Rained Hearts By Felicia Bond Love, Rubie Valentine Written by Laurie Friedman & Illustrated by Lynne Cravath Otter and Odder Written by James Howe & Illustrated by Chris Raschka Biggest Valentine Ever Written by Stephen Kroll & Illustrated by Jeni Bassett Kiss Like This By Mary Murphy Huggy Kissy By Lisa Patricelli Snowy Valentine By David Petersen Bear in Love Written by Daniel Pinkwater & Illustrated by Will Hillenbrand Hedgehug: A Sharp Lesson in Love By Dan Pinto Love, Splat By Rob Scotton Love Waves By Rosemary Wells

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The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever

Written by Brenda A. Ferber & Illustrated by Tedd Arnold Dial Books for Young Readers, 2012, $16.99, hardcover Ages 3-8

What would you do for your crush? Leon would let his dreamy crush cut in line at the water fountain, that’s how serious it is. That’s why he has proclaimed this is going to be the best Valentine’s Day ever! But things go awry when his Valentine (not the girl, the real paper Valentine!) tries to convince him otherwise and flies the coop, claiming that the holiday is yucky and will “turn your brain to goo.” Definitely not very Valentine-like! Bright, bold illustrations match this hilariously fun-filled story that is anything but a traditional sappy tale.

Olive and the Big Secret

By Tor Freeman Candlewick Press, 2012, $15.99, hardcover Ages 4-7

Keeping secrets is tricky business – even though Olive promises she won’t spill Molly’s big secret, it’s only a matter of time before she cracks and lets the cat out of the bag. Of course, secrets spread like wildfire and soon that coveted secret is spreading from friend to friend. Fresh illustrations and charming characters make this story an engaging and fun read.

You are My I Love You / Tu Eres Mi Te Quiero

Written by Maryann Cusimano Love & Illustrated by Satomi Ichikawa Philomel Books, 2012, $6.99, boardbook Ages 3-5 The celebrated classic You Are My I Love You is now available in a bilingual boardbook format. With English and Spanish side-by-side, the book is designed for easy readability. The sweet, melodic text that celebrates the parent/child relationship makes this book perfect for bedtime.


Ten Things I Love About You

By Daniel Kirk Nancy Paulsen Books, 2012, $16.99, hardcover Ages 5-8 Meet the new odd couple – Pig and Rabbit. Rabbit adores Pig, which is why he brings him a list of the top ten things he loves about him. The only problem is that there is only one thing on the list. No worries, the ever-optimistic Rabbit is quickly inspired to add to the list by things Pig says, even turning Pig’s frustrations into compliments and positive attributes. Silly and clever, you’ll be eager to know what Rabbit comes up with next.

See a Heart, Share a Heart

By Eric Telchin Dial Books for Young Readers, 2012, $12.99, hardcover Ages 4 and up Hearts are everywhere! That’s the premise behind Telchin’s book, which features a variety of “found” hearts that Telchin has captured over the years. Hearts are in melted ice cream, on the sidewalk, in a leaf, in a shadow... just about anywhere. How many can you spot?

Jillian Melnyk is the Editor for Rochester Area & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine. She has an MFA in Writing for Children from the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College. She welcomes questions about books and can offer endless recommendations at Editor@GVParent.com

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[ parenting teens & tweens ]

By Myrna Beth Haskell

Snack on This // heart-healthy eating for teens

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Quick tips

• If strapped for time, prepare healthy casseroles on weekends, then freeze for later in the week. • P ack a snack. Don’t drive through and take out. •O  pt for fresh or frozen foods over packaged and canned.

t was the fall of 1978 when my fourteen-year-old friend and I decided to join America’s newfound fitness craze. We devised a plan during sixth period lunch. We would bike clear across town without stopping. Here was the problem: fast food restaurants galore along the way. My memory tells me we stopped at McDonald’s, Dunkin Donuts, and a hotdog joint before landing at the Caldor parking lot. After twelve miles, a large order of fries, two Bavarian cream donuts, and an over-stuffed chili dog, we gave each other a high five to celebrate our accomplishment. I get indigestion just thinking about it!

For decades, teens have been devouring fast food and salty snacks as part of their daily diets. Let’s be honest. How many fourteen-year-olds do you know who opt for carrot sticks over a handful of salty fries? Is it hopeless, or can parents suggest healthy options that their teens will actually enjoy?

General Guidelines for Healthy Eating Howard M. Shapiro, MD, a Manhattan-based weight loss specialist and New York Times best-selling author of the Picture Perfect Weight Loss series, urges teens to avoid certain foods.

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“Limit foods high in cholesterol, saturated fat, and trans-fat, such as fatty meats, egg yolks, and foods prepared with hydrogenated oils and shortenings,” he says. Shapiro suggests that teens include some “good fat” in their diets including olives, avocado, nuts, seeds, and olive or canola oil. Healthy eating also includes plenty of fruits and vegetables, and soy foods help to reduce the risk of heart disease. Shapiro says, “Include a couple of servings a day of any of the following: tofu, soy milk, soy cheese, or soy yogurt.” Soy protein powder can be added

Quick Snacks for Active Teens

The food has to look and taste good or your teen won’t eat it. Since many teens are constantly on the run, healthy snacks play an important role, and easy preparation is a must. Healthy snack alternatives suggested by Dr. Shapiro:

to shakes or smoothies as well – an added health benefit for these popular teen drinks. Teens might also try veggie or turkey burgers (instead of beef) and veggie sausages (instead of pork). Healthy eating habits also have to do with eating schedules. Lauren Graf, RD, CDN, a nutritionist for the Department of Pediatric Nephrology and the Pediatric Heart Healthy Program at the Montefiore Medical Center in New York City, advises, “Teenagers should eat multiple, small meals throughout the day. They should also eat

Instead Of:

Try:

Potato chips and sour cream dip

Soy chips with guacamole or hummus

Bagel with cream cheese

Whole grain crackers and peanut butter

A bag of milk chocolate pretzels

Roasted pumpkin seeds

Graf says teens will be pleased to hear, “Dark chocolate is actually good for the heart. It provides antioxidants and doesn’t have the levels of sugar and fat found in milk or white chocolate.” Graf also suggests slathering hummus or mustard on sandwiches in lieu of mayonnaise.

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Want to share your ideas? Upcoming topic: Tips for making the most of that first job at a fast food restaurant or grocery store. Send your full name, address, & brief comments to: myrnahaskell@gmail.com or visit:

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Strawberry Milk Smoothie

*Presented by Haviland Middle School “Life and Workforce Skills” class: 1 cup low fat cold milk 1 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen) 1 tbsp. sugar 1/3 cup low fat vanilla yogurt 1 tsp lemon juice ½ cup crushed ice (more for fresh berries) Blend all ingredients in a blender for 2 minutes.

a good breakfast because it will help them do better on exams.” Graf also warns about eating heavy meals too close to bedtime, a problem for many teens who are involved in activities and return home late. Eating heavy meals late at night can lead to disrupted sleep and an inability to “work off” the calories.

Encourage the Good Stuff This all sounds reasonable, but how do parents actually get their teens to buy into all of this healthy eating when a bag of sour cream and onion chips is handy? Furthermore, if both parents are working outside the home and teens have evening activities, it’s hard to abide by healthy eating schedules and choices.

Graf instructs parents to limit the amount of processed foods on hand. She suggests, “Stock up on frozen fruits. These won’t go bad, and teens can use them as toppings on frozen yogurt, for instance.” She continues, “Parents should be committed to having a healthy lifestyle themselves and should model healthy eating. Believe it or not, this will eventually click with your teenagers.”  Myrna Beth Haskell is a freelance writer and monthly contributor to Rochester Area & Genesee Valley Parent Magazine who lives in Salt Point, NY. She is the author of the newly released book, LIONS and TIGERS and TEENS: Expert advice and support for the conscientious parent just like you (Unlimited Publishing LLC). For more information visit www.myrnahaskell.com. Also available at: Amazon.com.

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[modern mom]

By Pam Molnar

We’ve colored-coded our suggestions by season. Keep these date night ideas on-hand for a year’s worth of date night ideas!

 winter  spring  summer  fall

Seven Date Night Ideas // with kids in tow

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regular date night will recharge your spirit, rekindle your love for one another and keep the lines of communication open. While in theory, planning a regular date night sounds nice, reality is a little different. As a parent, our dating budget often takes a backseat to dance lessons and braces. Even then, the babysitter may cancel or another unexpected event prevents us from leaving the kids behind. How are you supposed to have a date night with kids in tow?

No one said a date night was limited to a couple. Think of all the date nights you have spent with another couple or at a party. Instead of thinking “three is a crowd,” change your thoughts to “the more the merrier.” When my husband and I go out for dates, we spend a fair amount of time talking about our kids. It is only natural since they are a big part of our lives. While you might not want to bring your kids on every date, dating with kids in tow is better than not at all.

Outdoor Concert   

Lawn seat tickets are perfect for a family date. Whether you attend a free concert in the

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park or catch a show at a large venue, you can enjoy your favorite concert while your kids play on the blanket nearby. Keep them busy with plenty of food and entertainment. If your children are younger, bring their pajamas and let them pass out when they get tired. If you are lucky, the kids will enjoy the concert as much as you do.

Go out for dinner    

Choose a restaurant based on the patience of your children. My daughters were happy to sit and color while my son wanted to get up and run around. Try restaurants that offer entertainment like a Hibachi steakhouse. If your kids have ants in their pants, don’t stick around for

coffee and dessert. Instead, take a walk to burn off some of your dinner before heading home.

Camp out in the back yard 

Ok, so it not a night at the Ritz, but it is still romantic. Cook dinner over the grill. Don’t limit yourself to hot dogs on a stick. Instead, try salmon and veggies in foil packets. For dessert, cut a banana lengthwise with the peel on; fill with chocolate chips and marshmallows and wrap in foil. Cook banana for five minutes or until chips are melted and serve with a spoon. After dinner, star-gaze with the kids until they fall asleep and then spend the rest of the night cuddled under the stars.

Head down memory lane    

Kids are curious to see the places their parents spent time before they had children. Take your kids to see your first date spot, your high school or college campus. Show them your first apartment or the house you grew up in. Have a meal at the restaurant you used to frequent before the kids were born. Your journey will spark interesting conversations and recall some wonderful memories.

Go for a drive   

Pack the kids in the car with their favorite drinks and books and head out for an hour. My husband and I have enjoyed this date since before our children were born. It is a great way to map out your dreams or take care of unsolved issues. While you enjoy some adult conversation, the kids can look at the scenery, their books or a take much needed nap. If


everyone has displayed good behavior on the date, reward them with a stop for ice cream.

Share your interest with your children    

Think back to your first dates with your spouse. In order for him to get to know you better, you showed him a part of yourself and your interests. Take your kids skiing, to the art museum or the flea market. Head out on the bike trail, run a 5K or take the kids along when you volunteer. Children learn by watching. Show them there is more to mom and dad than carpools and chores.

Make a candlelight dinner for... five    

Serve a family-friendly dinner in the dining room on the good china. Dress up for the

occasion, explaining that everyone should be on their best behavior. Light some candles and turn down the lights. Pour the milk in plastic wine glasses so everyone feels special. Make a toast to each other and the family you created. Dating is a time to do something fun together, to laugh, to get to know someone better and to try new things. While it is important for you and your spouse to get out alone, that is not always possible. Show your children the love that you and your spouse share. By setting an example of a loving marriage, your children will carry those traits into their own relationships. Pam Molnar is a freelance journalist and mother of three. She and her husband have been dating for the past 27 years.

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[ your family health]

By Rachael Moshman

Dentist Visits // without tears or terror

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isiting the dentist is a scary experience for many children. The dentist can be a virtual stranger, even after several visits. Plus, the dentist and hygienists wear masks that cover their faces for most of the visit, making them appear even less friendly. It can be a very over-stimulating experience with the bright lights, loud buzzing and smell of chemicals. Plus, the expectation of holding still for an extended length of time is frustrating for many children. Fortunately, there are some ways to make the visit a bit less frightening and easier to handle.

Local Experts Weight In

Local dentists share their top tips for making your child’s dental visit a pleasant experience: “Book your child’s appointment at the right time of day to ensure their visit goes well. Kids are cranky when they are tired or hungry. Cancel the appointment if your child is sick. There is nothing wrong with bringing your child’s comfort items to the dentist. Just avoid bringing a pacifier. Having a bunny to hold or their blanket to cuddle can make the experience less stressful.” — Dr. Randy Raetz

“Use only positive words to describe your child’s upcoming dental appointment. Also, be sure to choose a pediatric dental office where parents are invited to be part of the child’s dental experience.” — Dr. Cheryl Kelley

Find a pediatric dentist. Pediatric dentists have specialized training in treating children. Their offices are often designed to be more comfortable and inviting to children.

Start early. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children see a pediatric dentist as soon as their first tooth comes in, typically between six and twelve months of age. Getting children accustomed to dental visits from a young age often makes appointments less traumatic.

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Tell your child what to expect. Children typically only see the dentist twice a year. They may forget what happens at the dental office in between appointments. Walk them through what to expect before each visit. Read books about going to the dentist. Don’t gloss over parts that they struggled with last time. For example, if they became agitated when it was time to swish the fluoride rinse around their mouth, gently let them know that they will have to do it again. Neglecting to mention it could lead to more anxiety, as well as possibly

distrust in you when they are confronted with it again.

Practice good dental hygiene at home. Brushing and flossing your child’s teeth daily will help keep teeth and gums healthy. This may result in quicker and easier dental visits. Feeding your child a healthy diet and limiting sweets will also help accomplish this.

Let the braver child go first. Most people with multiple children have the oldest child receive treatment first. This isn’t necessarily the best

“Talk about the upcoming visit to the dentist in a positive way. Discuss the importance of good oral hygiene, and how the dentist will help in keeping the childs teeth healthy. If possible purchase books or watch short movies or videos about visits to the dentist. Also, try to be calm and at ease during the visit, your child will notice any anxiety on your part, and will often manifest that anxiety with apprehension or nervousness.” — Dr. William E. Dingus


order. If a younger child is less fearful, let them go first.

Start some traditions. A few days before the dentist appointment, start reading books or watching cartoons about dentists, teeth and tooth care. Find a song about going to the dentist or make up one of your own. Sing it in the car on the way to the appointment. Have a special plan for after the dentist, such as a visit to

the park or a trip to the movie theater. Do these things before and after every visit to give your children good memories of going to the dentist.

Deal with your own fears. Many adults still have severe dental anxiety. Children pick up on their parents’ worries. Your child won’t be able to be calm or relaxed if she knows you aren’t. Take time to address your own issues be-

fore the appointment so you don’t project your negative feelings onto your child’s experience.  Rachael Moshman is a mom, freelance writer and blogger.  She actually enjoys going to the dentist.  Find her at www.rachaelmoshman.com.

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Calendar february events Activities • Exhibits • Theater • Storytelling • Shows • Family Fun • Outdoor Adventures Parenting Programs • and lots more for families to do in & around Rochester!

GVP’s 19th Annual Camp Fair

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oin us for the 19th Annual Camp & Summer Activity Fair to learn about the best options for your child’s summer! Meet camp organizers, counselors and administrators in person, so you can ask them important questions and learn all about the programs they offer! The Camp Fair is a once a year opportunity to visit with more than 80 area and national camps. From preschool activity day camps to teen sleepaway camps -we have them all! Find the perfect activities to fill your child’s summer! Where:  Eastview Mall Center Court, 672 Eastview Mall, Victor, 14564. When: Sunday, March 3rd, 11am-5pm. Cost: Free! For More Info: Visit www.gvparent.com

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Walk the Walk: Encounters with Rochester AfricanAmerican Ancestors The turning points in the lives of Rochester’s African American ancestors are brought to life. Included are Austin Steward, Frederick Douglass and his wife Anna, and George Brown. Free. 7pm. Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 141 Adams St. 14608. 546-7029 x12. www.landmarksociety.org

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Learn about and participate in the Native American ways and traditions of celebrating winter. Try a snowshoe walk, challenge a friend to a snowsnake throw, and experience the thrill of watching Seneca dogsledding. Free (some optional activities may cost extra). 10am-4pm. Ganondagan State Historic Site, 1488 State Route 444, Victor, 14564. 742-1690. www.ganondagan.org

Hot dogs, chili, cookies, brownies, hot cider and more! This is a fantastic fundraiser for the Genesee Valley Nordic Ski Patrol whose volunteers monitor the CNC ski trails on weekends, and help to provide a safe and pleasant experience for visitors. Free for members, non-members suggested donation of $3. 11:30am-3pm. Cumming Nature Center 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples, 14512. 374-6160. www.rmsc.org

Ganondagan Winter Games and Sports

Nordic Hot Dog Days


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01 * Friday FREE * David Craighead Memorial Concert. Performers include former students of Professor Craighead. 8pm. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 Westminster Rd. 274-1110. www.esm.rochester.edu/calendar/ FREE * Eastman School Symphony Orchestra. Neil Varon, conductor. Mozart: Impressario Overture; Bartok: Viola Concerto; Beethoven, Symphony No. 5. 8pm. Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 North Plymouth Ave. Rochester 14614. 274-1110. www.esm.rochester.edu/calendar/

02 * Saturday CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG’S 50TH BIRTHDAY. Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog and enjoy special readings in honor of his 50th birthday. View episodes of Clifford the Big Red Dog, and make a birthday card and other crafts. Presented in partnership with WXXI. 11am-4pm. Included with museum admission National Museum of Play at The Strong, One Manhattan Sq., Rochester, 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org HONK! HONK! is the story of Ugly, the duckling whose odd looks incite prejudice from his family and neighbors. HONK! will treat you to equal amounts of laughter and tears. Its charm, humor and message of tolerance is perfect for the whole family. 2 pm Nazareth College Arts Center, 4245 East Ave., Rochester, 14618. 389-2170. www.rochesterchildrenstheatre.org, artscenter.naz.edu FREE * Stories and Sundries Fair. A fundraiser to benefit Cobblestone School. A storytelling performance by author and storyteller Rafe Martin followed by an expo of green products and local artisans. Tickets online or call for more information. 2-4 pm. Visual Studies Workshop 31 Prince Street Rochester. 271-4548. www. cobblestone.org LITERATURE LIVE: Clifford the Big Red Dog. Have the opportunity to meet, greet, and pose for photos with some of the most popular storybook characters of all time and enjoy related story readings. 11am-5pm. Free with admission. National Museum of Play at The Strong, One Manhattan Sq., Rochester, 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

JCC Center Stage Presents: Encore! Broadway Favorites of the American Songbook. Featuring favorites from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Leonard Bernstein, Rogers and Hart, George and Ira Gershwin, Lerner and Loewe, Stephen Sondheim and more, the ‘best of the best’ are celebrated. 8pm. $18/ students, $24/ members, $26/public Hart Theater at the JCC, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester, 723-6080. www.jccrochester.org

03 * Sunday CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG’S 50TH BIRTHDAY. See Feb 2. 1-4pm. FREE *Eastman-Ranlet Series: Ying Quartet. Schumann: Quartet in A minor; Schubert: Quartet in D minor, Death and the Maiden; winning work of the First Ying Quartet/Eastman School Student Quartet Composition Competition. 3pm. Eastman School of Music, Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St. Rochester. 274-1110. www.esm.rochester.edu/calendar/

Winter Break Out Montezuma Audubon Center February 20, 9am-4pm

HONK! See Feb 2. 2pm JCC Center Stage Presents: Encore! Broadway Favorites of the American Songbook. See Feb 2. 2pm. LITERATURE LIVE: Clifford the Big Red Dog. See Feb 2. 1-4pm. RPO Presents: Feel the Beat. Beatboxer Shodekeh and percussion students from Hochstein School of Music. 2pm. $10/ child, $15/ adult Hochstein Performance Hall, 50 North Plymouth Ave. Rochester 14614. 454-4596. www.rpo.org

04 * Monday FREE * Eastman School of Music Philharmonica. Neil Varon, conductor; Helen Donath, soprano. Dougherty: Three Pieces for Orchestra; Mahler: Symphony No. 4. 8pm. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St., Rochester, 454-2100. www.esm.rochester.edu/calendar/ MONDAY KICKS FOR AGES 2 TO 6. Playful learning activities designed for 2- to 6-year-olds, one Monday a month. This month: Things That Go. 10am-2pm. Free with admission. Ages: 2yrs-6yrs. National Museum of Play at The Strong, One Manhattan Sq., Rochester, 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org TODDLER BOOK CLUB AT THE STRONG. Readings of classic children’s tales followed by music and movement activities. This month: Celebrating Planes, Trains, & Automobiles. Shows at 10:30am, 11:30am & 12:30pm. 10:30 & 11:30am, 12:30pm. Free with admission. National Museum of Play at The Strong, One Manhattan Sq., Rochester, 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

06 * Wednesday 05 * Tuesday FREE * National Pancake Day. IHOP is giving away free pancakes today to celebrate National Pancake Day. The fundraiser aims to raise $3 million to kick off Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ 30th anniversary. All day! IHOP- participating locations. Visit www.ihoppancakeday.com for locations and to learn more. FREE *New Day Christian Preschool Open House. New Day Christian Preschool holds it’s annual open house in Greece, around the corner from the Mall at Greece Ridge and Unity Hospital! Parents will have the opportunity to talk with the teachers, see the room and get a feel for our program. 6:308pm New Day Christian Preschool 10 Straub Road Rochester, 14626. 227-0990. www.parkridgefmc.org/preschool RBTL Presents: The Addams Family. The Addams Family is a smash-hit musical comedy that brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch to spooky and spectacular life. 7:30pm. $32.50 - $67.50 Auditorium Theatre, 885 East Main St., Rochester, 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com or http://rbtl.org

Disney on Ice Presents: 100 Years of Magic. This magical moment in entertainment history combines Disney’s unforgettable stories and enthralling characters that have entertained families all over the world. The captivating production features the largest cast ever of lovable Disney stars on ice. 7pm. $15-$60 Blue Cross Arena, 1 War Memorial Square, Rochester, 1-800745-3000. www.ticketmaster.com, www.disneyonice.com FREE *Eastman School of Music Wind Orchestra. Mark Davis Scatterday and Reed Chamberlin, conductors. Holst: Suite in E-flat; Gould: Ballet; Bernstein/arr. Bencriscutto: Profanation; Ravel/arr. Hunsberger: Valley of the Bells. 8pm. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St. Rochester. 274-1110. www.esm.rochester.edu/calendar/ RBTL Presents: The Addams Family. See Feb 5. 7:30pm.

07 * Thursday JCC Center Stage Presents: Encore! Broadway Favorites of the American Songbook. See Feb 2. 7pm. FREE * Open House- evening session. Accepting applications for Fall 2013 Ages 18 months – 12 years old Take a tour of the school and see the new expansion. Meet the Teachers, Staff and Webster Montessori School community. Two seesions: 9-11am & 6-7:30pm. Webster Montessori School 1310 Five Mile Line Road Webster, 14580. 347-0055. www.webstermontessori.org

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calendar of events • local family-friendly activities The Royal Ball Come in costume and prepare to be tran ported to a fairy tale world where you will meet Cinderella, Prince Charming, and the Fairy Godmother in person. Live music, pageantry, dancing, games, and crafts. March 2, 11am-4pm, March 3, 1-4pm. Free with museum admission. National Museum of Play at the Strong, One Manhattan Sq., Rochester 14607. 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

RBTL Presents: The Addams Family. See Feb 5. 7:30pm.

FREE *PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE AT SE YMCA. Find out what the Southeast YMCA Preschool program has to offer your child! 5:30-7pm. Southeast Family YMCA, 111 E. Jefferson Rd, Pittsford, 341-3263. www.rochesterymca.org/southeast

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Disney on Ice Presents: 100 Years of Magic. See Feb 6. 7pm.

Disney on Ice Presents: 100 Years of Magic. See Feb 6. 7pm.

FREE *Eastman Wind Ensemble 60th Anniversary Concert. Mark Davis Scatterday, conductor. Lowry: Wind Religion; Sierra: Mambo Metalico; Mozart: Serenade No. 12 in C minor; Stravinsky: Symphonies of Wind Instruments. 8pm. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St. Rochester. 274-1110. www.esm.rochester.edu/calendar/

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RBTL Presents: The Addams Family. See Feb 5. 8pm. FREE *Rochester Celebrity Organ Recital Series. Stephen Tharp 8pm. Sacred Heart Cathedral, 296 Flower City Park. 274-1110. www.esm.rochester.edu/calendar/


calendar of events • local family-friendly activities WALK THE WALK: ENCOUNTERS WITH ROCHESTERS AFRICANAMERICAN ANCESTORS. The turning points in the lives of Rochester’s African American ancestors are brought to life. Presented by the Landmark Society of WNY, with help from The Links. 7pm. Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, 141 Adams St. 14608 www. landmarksociety.org

09 * Saturday Disney on Ice Presents: 100 Years of Magic- Afternoon Show. See Feb 6. 11am, 3pm & 7pm. EPILEPSY FOUNDATION’S ANNUAL CHOCOLATE BALL. Celebrating 27 years of the Chocolate Ball with Chocolate Amore at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center. A highlight of the event comes after dinner with a live auction for the many unique chocolate cakes created exclusively for the Chocolate Ball. 5:30pm. $200/ticket, corporate tables and sponsorships available. For more information contact Debbie Baker at 442-4430 x2707 or dbaker@epilepsy-uny.org http://www.epilepsyuny.org FENCING EXPO. Presented by Rochester Fencing Club, there will be a raffle for a Kindle, movies, snacks and more. RSVP by Feb 7th. 10am-1pm. $2/person Pieters Family Life Center, 1025 Commons Way, Rochester, 487-3500. www.rocfencing.com HONK! See Feb 2. 2pm & 7pm. Nature Explorers. 2nd- 4th graders are invited for a brand new program. Explore the natural world through hands on experiences. 6 sessions occur on the 2nd Saturday of each month from November through April! Join us! 12:302:30pm Helmer Nature Center 154 Pinegrove Ave. Rochester, 14617. 336-3035. www.westirondequoit.org/helmer.htm RBTL Presents: The Addams Family. See Feb 5. 2pm & 8pm. SUPERHEROS WEEKEND. Meet Spider-Man (Saturday), Captain America (Sunday) and visit both days with PBS Kids Super Why and Princess Presto. How to draw session with comic book artists. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. National Museum of Play at The Strong, One Manhattan Sq., Rochester, 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org TYKE’S Presents: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Enjoy this classic fairy tale adventure and all of its excitement, friendship and love as portrayed by local children ages 5 and up. 1pm & 3:30pm. $1115. Hart Theater at the JCC, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester. 723-6080. www.tykestheatre.org

JCC Center Stage Presents: Encore! Broadway Favorites of the American Songbook. See Feb 2. 8pm.

10 * Sunday FREE *A Taste of Song: Choral Prism Concert. William Weinert, conductor. Elgar: Lux aeterna 4pm. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St., Rochester, 454-2100. www.esm.rochester.edu/calendar/ City of Rochester’s Lakeside Winter Celebration. A winter celebration, including the 3rd Annual Lake Ontario Ice Wine Festival, Outdoor Children’s Games, Frostbiters Sailboat Racing, Chilly Chili Challenge, Horse-Drawn Carriage rides, Snow Sculpture Contest, Dog Sled Demo and more. 11am-4pm. Ontario Beach Park, 4800 Lake Ave Rochester 14613. www.cityofrochester.gov/ wintercelebration Disney on Ice Presents: 100 Years of Magic- Afternoon Show. See Feb 6. 1pm & 5pm. FREE *Eastman Faculty Artist Series: Charles Castleman, violin. With Enrico Elisi, piano. Music of Dallapiccola, Respighi, and Beethoven. Generously sponsored by Patricia-Ward Baker. 3pm. Kilbourn Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St., Rochester, 454-2100. www.esm.rochester.edu/calendar/ FREE *Fairport’s Civil War Soldiers. Hear the stories of several Fairport Civil War soldiers. Create a paper quilt square featuring the soldiers for display in the Fairport Museum and one to bring home. Children in grades K-6 are invited to attend with an adult. Scout troops welcome. 2:30 PM Fairport Historical Museum, 18 Perrin Street Fairport, 14450. 223-3989. www.PerintonHistoricalSociety.org HONK! See Feb 2. 2pm. JCC Center Stage Presents: Encore! Broadway Favorites of the American Songbook. See Feb 2. 8pm. RBTL Presents: The Addams Family. Afternoon Show See Feb 5. 1pm & 6:30pm. SUPERHEROS WEEKEND. See Feb 9. 1-4pm.

City of Rochester’s Lakeside Winter Celebration A winter celebration, including the 3rd Annual Lake Ontario Ice Wine Festival, Outdoor Children’s Games, Frostbiters Sailboat Racing, Chilly Chili Challenge, HorseDrawn Carriage rides, Snow Sculpture Contest, Dog Sled Demo and more. February 10, 11 am–4pm. Ontario Beach Park, 4800 Lake Ave., Rochester 14613. www.cityofrochester.gov/wintercelebration

Rochester, 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org FREE *Musica Nova, Ossia and guests from Signal. Brad Lubman, conductor. Lachenmann: String Quartet No. 3 “Grido,” Zwei Gefühle. 8pm. Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St. Rochester. 274-1110. www.esm. rochester.edu/calendar/

12 * Tuesday FREE *Kilbourn Concert Series: Kirill Gerstein, piano. Haydn: Variations in F minor; Mehldau: Variations on a Melancholy Theme (2011); Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Paganini, Book 1 and 2; Three Intermezzos; Stravinsky: Pétrouchka. 8pm. Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St. Rochester. 274-1110. www.esm.rochester.edu/calendar/

13 * Wednesday 11 * Monday TODDLER BOOK CLUB AT THE STRONG. Readings of classic children’s tales followed by music and movement activities. This month: Celebrating Planes, Trains, & Automobiles. Shows at 10:30am, 11:30am & 12:30pm. 10:30 & 11:30am, 12:30pm. Free with admission. National Museum of Play at The Strong, One Manhattan Sq.,

FREE *Eastman Faculty Artist Series: Robert Morris, composer. Generously sponsored by Patricia-Ward Baker. 8pm. Hatch Recital Hall, 433 East Main St. Rochester. 274-1110. www.esm.rochester.edu/calendar/ FREE *Eastman Trombone Choir. A musical ensemble experience. 8pm. Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St. Rochester. 274-1110. www.esm.rochester.edu/calendar/

14 * Thursday FREE *Eastman Jazz Ensemble. Bill Dobbins, conductor 8pm. Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St. Rochester. 274-1110. www.esm.rochester.edu/calendar/ JCC Center Stage Presents: Encore! Broadway Favorites of the American Songbook. See Feb 2. 7pm.

16 * Saturday FREE *Concert Series with the Italian Baroque Organ: Renaissance Consort. Eastman Collegium Viol Consort in a program of music from Renaissance Italy and Spain. Part of the Third Sunday Concerts with the Italian Baroque Organ. University Ave. 276-8900. www.esm.rochester.edu/calendar/ FREE *COOL KIDS! at GCC presents: Best WILD WEST SHOW! Plus funshop! Featuring The Black Lightening Wild West Show - national feature act brings you great western rope tricks! Whipcracking, eye-popping, breathless moments of daring! In true Cool Kids style. Everybody gets to try in a rope trick funshop! Yeeehaw! 10-11 AM Genesee Community College One College Rd Batavia, NY 14020. 637-3984. http://www.generationcool.biz

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KidsFest 2013 Giant inflatables, a ROCK Wall, the Rochester Red Wings, Rochester Rhinos, Rochester Rattlers, the Gates Fire Dept. and Volunteer Ambulance, the Monroe County D.A.R.E Unit, Nolan’s Inflatable Obstacle Course, and much more. February 16, 10am-4pm. $5-$7. Total Sports Experience, 880 Elmgrove Road, Rochester 14624. www.wpxy.com

KIDS FEST: AT TOTAL SPORTS EXPERIENCE. Giant inflatables, a ROCK Wall, the Rochester Red Wings, Rhinos, Rattlers, the Gates Fire Dept. & Volunteer Ambulance, Nolan’s Inflatable Obstacle Course, and more. 10am-4pm. $5-$7 Total Sports Experience 880 Elmgrove Road, Rochester 14624 www.wbee. com TRAVEL-TASTIC SCHOOL BREAK WEEK. Check out a display of transportation artifacts from the museum’s collections, including avintage 4 person bicycle. Stop by the Play Zone to build trucks, trains and planes. See a full size off road baja vehicle assembled by RIT students. During regular museum hours. Included with admission. National Museum of Play at The Strong, One Manhattan Sq., Rochester, 263-2700. www. museumofplay.org TYKE’S Presents: Blackbeard the Pirate. First show. Enjoy a swahbuckling good time as local children portray the legendary pirate and his matey’s. 1pm & 3:30pm. $11-15 Hart Theater at the JCC, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, Rochester, 723-6080. www.tykestheatre.org Wilderness Guided Hike. A 3-mile, rugged hike in a pristine and rarely visited area. Climb from an elevation of 1700 feet to 2200 feet. Weather permitting, snowshoes may be required and are available to rent. 10am-12:30pm. Free for RMSC members, $3/person or $10/family donation is requested for the general public. Cumming Nature Center, 6472 Gulick Road, Naples, 374-6160. www.rmsc.org

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JCC Center Stage Presents: Encore! Broadway Favorites of the American Songbook. See Feb 2. 8pm.

17 * Sunday FREE *Eastman Faculty Artist Series: Juliana Athayde, violin. Barry Snyder, piano; Steve Doane, cello, Carol Rodland, viola; Shannon Nance, violin. Music of Bach, Kodaly, and Schumann. Generously sponsored by Patricia-Ward Baker. 3pm. Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St. Rochester. 274-1110. www.esm.rochester.edu/ calendar/ JCC Center Stage Presents: Encore! Broadway Favorites of the American Songbook. See Feb 2. 2pm. TRAVEL-TASTIC SCHOOL BREAK WEEK. See Feb 16.

18 * Monday GREAT BACKYARD BIRDS. An annual event that engages bird watchers in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where they are. Help scientists get the big picture of what is happening with bird populations while snowshoeing through the grounds. 1-2:30pm. $3/child, $5/ adult, $15/family Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savanna, 13146, 315-365-3588 www.audubon.org


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What will your kids be doing this summer?

club & support groups 12 * Tuesday FIRST TIME AROUND GROUP. This educational and social monthly support gathering is for first time mothers and their babies. An RN BSN and RNC, certified lactation consultant will be available for questions on breastfeeding and parenting. 10-11:30am. F.F. Thompson Hospital, 350 Parrish Street, Canandaigua, 396-6497. www.thompsonhealth. com MOM’S Club of Penfield/East Rochester/Brighton. Offers support and socialization for stay at-home moms and children. Open to all moms in the Penfield, East Rochester and Brighton school districts. Meets the second Tuesday of month. 10-11:30 am. For location, email momspenfield@ yahoo.com 10-11:30 am momspenfield@yahoo.com OPERATION KIDS. This program is geared toward children who will be undergoing surgery and their families. Includes a tour of the Surgical Care Center, Operating Room and Post Anesthesia Care Unit. RSVP required. 7-7:45pm. F.F. Thompson Hospital, 350 Parrish Street, Canandaigua, 3966231. www.thompsonhealth.com

14 * Thursday MOMS Club of Clarkson/Hamlin. The MOMS Club of ClarksonHamlin holds daily activities as well as occasional evening events for you and your child. We offer playgroups, family activities, field trips, kid’s activities, moms and couples nights out, and many other activities. 10:00 am 502-8805 www.frontiernet. net/~clarksonhamlinmomsclub/

20 * Wednesday MOMS CLUB OF IRONDEQUOIT. Moms and kids are finding support, friendship and more. We look forward to meeting you! Meets the third Thursday of the month. 9:3011am. Check web site or email April at momsclubofirondequoit@ yahoo.com.

26 * Tuesday OPERATION KIDS. This program is geared toward children who will be undergoing surgery and their families. Includes a tour of the Surgical Care Center, Operating Room and Post Anesthesia Care Unit. RSVP required. 7-7:45pm. F.F. Thompson Hospital, 350 Parrish Street, Canandaigua, 3966231. www.thompsonhealth.com

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11am - 5pm, Eastview Mall in Victor

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Sports * Music * Educational Enrichment * Art * Gymnastics * Special Needs * Science * Outdoor Activities * Drama & Theatre * * Overnight Camp * Day Camp * and much more!

Bring the kids and plan for the perfect summer!

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March 12 * Tuesday MOM’S Club of Penfield/East Rochester/Brighton. Offers support and socialization for stay at-home moms and children. Open to all moms in the Penfield, East Rochester and Brighton school districts. Meets the second Tuesday of month. 10-11:30 am. For location, email momspenfield@ yahoo.com 10-11:30 am momspenfield@yahoo.com

14 * Thursday MOMS Club of Clarkson/Hamlin. The MOMS Club of ClarksonHamlin holds daily activities as well as occasional evening events for you and your child. We offer playgroups, family activities, field trips, kid’s activities, moms and couples nights out, and many other activities. 10:00 am 502-8805 www.frontiernet. net/~clarksonhamlinmomsclub/

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calendar of events • local family-friendly activities FREE *Ossia. Akiho: LigNEouS; Zohn-Muldoon: Candelabra III; Crumb: Songs, Drones, and Refrains of Death. 8pm. Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St. Rochester. 274-1110. www.esm.rochester.edu/calendar/ TRAVEL-TASTIC SCHOOL BREAK WEEK. See Feb 16.

19 * Tuesday FREE *Alarm Will Sound: 1969. Musical and visual collage of the music, politics, and ideas of the 1960s, with arrangements of music by the Beatles, Stockhausen, Berio, Bernstein, and others. 8pm. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St. Rochester. 274-1110. esm.rochester.edu/calendar/ FREE *Eastman Faculty Artist Series: Oleh Krysa, violin. Music of Falla, Prokofiev, Suk, Dvořàk, Stankovych, and Szymanowski. Generously sponsored by PatriciaWard Baker. 8pm. Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St. Rochester. 274-1110. www.esm.rochester.edu/calendar/

20 * Wednesday TRAVEL-TASTIC SCHOOL BREAK WEEK. See Feb 16. WINTER BREAKOUT. Winter break is here and the fun is heating up! Enjoy a winter adventure program that includes snowshoeing, Winter Olympics games, hands-on exploration, and winter crafts. AM & PM Sessions. 9am-4pm. $25/full day; $15/half day Ages: 6-12 yrs. Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savanna, 13146, 315-365-3588 www.audubon.org WINTER FUN ON THE FARM AT SPRINGDALE FARMS. Activities include children’s crafts, petting zoo, robotic dairy barn tours, games and more. 10am-2pm. $3 per person Springdale Farm, 700 Colby Street, Spencerport, 349-2090. http://www.springdalefarm.org

21 * Thursday TRAVEL-TASTIC SCHOOL BREAK WEEK. See Feb 16.

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OWL MOON. Moonlit guided walks through the woods to listen for screech & great-horned owls plus a live owl presentation on owls’ behavior, habitat & lifestyle. Guided walks every 20 mins. Roast marshmallows at a campfire and hear a reading of Jane Yolen’s Owl Moon. 6-8:20pm. Adults $12/$10 members and youth $10/$8 members Genesee Country Village & Museum, 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford. 538-6822. www.gcv.org TRAVEL-TASTIC SCHOOL BREAK WEEK. See Feb 16.

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Kellogg, trombone. Matheson: Burn; Rivello: Parallel Planes; Benson: Solitary Dancer; Rachmaninoff/arr. Hunsberger: Vocalise. 8pm. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St. Rochester. 274-1110. esm.rochester.edu/calendar/

A WINTER’S NIGHT AUCTION/ DINNER DANCE. Includes hors d’oeuvres, buffet dinner/dessert, Silent Auction, DJ and more. Proceeds benefit the Coordinated Children’s Development Program, Inc. (SemiFormal attire) Please register before Feb 13. 6pm-midnight. $35 per person The Inn on the Lake 770 South Main St. Canandaigua 14424, 394-5310. www.ccdpkids.net

HOWLAND’S ISLAND SNOWSHOE HIKE. Snowshoers will be led around the Island, one of the wildest places in the Complex, to explore the beauty of this winter wonderland. See which birds call the island home all year round. Then enjoy some hot cocoa. 1-2:30pm. $3/child, $5/adult, $15/ family Montezuma Audubon Center, 2295 State Route 89, Savanna, 13146, 315-365-3588. www.audubon.org FREE *NATIVE AMERICAN WINTER GAMES & SPORTS. Learn about and participate in the Native American ways and traditions of celebrating winter. Try a snowshoe walk, challenge a friend to a snowsnake throw, and experience the thrill of watching Seneca dogsledding. 10am-4pm. Ganondagan Historic Site 1488 Route 444 Victor, 742-1690. www.ganondagan.org NORDIC HOT DOG DAYS. Hot dogs, chili, cookies, brownies, hot cider and more! This is a fantastic fundraiser for the Genesee Valley Nordic Ski Patrol whose volunteers monitor the CNC ski trails on weekends, and help to provide a safe and pleasant experience for visitors. 11:30am-3pm. RMSC Members: free, General Public: requested donation of $3 Cumming Nature Center 6472 Gulick Road Naples, 14512. 374-6160 www.rmsc.org OWL MOON. See Feb 22. 6-8:20pm.


calendar of events • local family-friendly activities FREE *Repertory Singers and Women’s Chorus. Diana V. Saez, guest conductor; Philip Silvey and Lee Wright, conductors. Music by Sosa, Casals, Villa-Lobos, Saez, and Mendelssohn. 8pm. Lutheran Church of the Reformation, 111 North Chestnut St. Rochester. 274-1110 www.esm.rochester.edu/calendar/ TRAVEL-TASTIC SCHOOL BREAK WEEK. See Feb 16.

24 * Sunday BLACK HISTORY MONTH FAMILY DAY. All ages are invited to celebrate Black History Month with family art activities, music and dance performances, tours and storytelling. 12-5pm. $5 suggested donation Memorial Art Gallery, 500 University Ave. 276-8900. http://mag.rochester.edu FREE *Eastman at St. Michael’s. Eastman Horn Choir, Peter Kurau, director 2:30pm. St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church, 869 North Clinton Ave. Rochester. 274-1110. www.esm.rochester.edu/calendar/

March 02 * Saturday 17TH ANNUAL TELETHON FOR LOLLYPOP FARM. Celebrate the 17th year of the largest fundraising event for homeless and abused animals in the Rochester community. 3-9pm. Eastview Mall, Victor. Call 223-1330 ext.241 or visit www.lollypop.org THE ROYAL BALL. Come in costume and prepare to be transported to a fairy tale world where you will meet Cinderella, Prince Charming, and the Fairy Godmother in person. Live music, pageantry, dancing, games, and crafts. 11am-4pm. Free with admission. National Museum of Play at The Strong, One Manhattan Sq., Rochester, 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

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NORDIC HOT DOG DAYS. See Feb 23. 11:30am-3pm.

GVP’S 19th ANNUAL CAMP & SUMMER ACTIVITY FAIR.

TRAVEL-TASTIC SCHOOL BREAK WEEK. See Feb 16.

Sponsored by Genesee Valley Parent Magazine, the Fair has the best options for your child’s summer. Meet Camp Organizers from more the Greater Rochester area and national camps--from preschool day camps to teen sleepaway camps. 11am-5pm. Eastview Mall, Victor. 287-5330. www.gvparent.com

25 * Monday TODDLER BOOK CLUB AT THE STRONG. Readings of classic children’s tales followed by music and movement activities. This month: Celebrating Planes, Trains, & Automobiles. Shows at 10:30am, 11:30am & 12:30pm. 10:30 & 11:30am, 12:30pm. Free with admission. National Museum of Play at The Strong, One Manhattan Sq., Rochester, 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

26 * Tuesday FREE *World Music Series: Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal. Cross-cultural sounds performed by Vincent Segal, a French trip-hop cellist, and Ballaké Sissoko, a virtuoso on the Kora, a lute-harp played in Mali. 8pm. Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St. Rochester. 274-1110. www.esm.rochester.edu/calendar/

27 * Wednesday FREE *Eastman Wind Ensemble. Mark Davis Scatterday, conductor; Robert Sullivan, trumpet. Maslanka: Symphony No. 4; Sapieyevsky: Trumpet Concerto. 8pm. Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 60 Gibbs St. Rochester. 274-1110. www.esm.rochester.edu/calendar

AMERICA’S GOT TALENT LIVE. Hosted by legendary TV personality, Jerry Springer, experience all the energy and excitement from the television show, live! Performers include: Olate Dogs, Landau Eugene Murphy, Spencer Horsman, Eric Dittelman, Tim Hockenberry & Dave Burleigh 7PM. $36.50 - $85.50 Auditorium Theatre, 885 East Main St., Rochester, 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com or http://rbtl.org www.rbtl.org THE ROYAL BALL. See March 2. 1-4pm.

04 * Monday MONDAY KICKS FOR AGES 2 TO 6. Playful learning activities designed for 2- to 6-year-olds, one Monday a month. This month: Fairy Tale Fantasy. 10am-2pm. Free with admission. Ages: 2yrs-6yrs. National Museum of Play at The Strong, One Manhattan Sq., Rochester, 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

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Ongoing Events & Exhibits Currently at the Rochester Museum & Science Center A new hands-on exhibition explores the history, science and lived experience of race. With a goal of creating equality through structural and individual change, the exhibition promotes exploration, understanding and discussions about racial issues. Celebrating the diversity within the community, RACE: Are We So Different? opens in the Riedman Gallery on January 19 and runs through April 28, 2013. Included with museum admission. Rochester Museum and Science Center, 657 East Avenue, Rochester, 14607. 271 4320. www.rmsc.org

STRASENBURGH PLANETARIUM

ROCHESTER MUSEUM & SCIENCE CENTER

657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 271-1880. www.rmsc.org/ StrasenburghPlanetarium/ Check website or call for prices and hours

657 East Ave., Rochester 14607. 271-1880. www.rmsc.org Check website or call for prices and hours

MY PLANETS. For children ages 3-5 and the adults with them, this friendly introduction to the planetarium features worlds in our solar system. Saturdays at 10am. $8. Ages: 3-5yrs. Ends Aug 31.

ADVENTURE ZONE. Dive to the bottom of Lake Ontario in the Deep Submergence Vehicle simulator. Experiment with wind currents, stream erosion, and more.

SATURDAY NIGHT LASER SHOW. Intensely colored beams from argon and krypton lasers fill the planetarium dome with dazzling color patterns that spontaneously dance to classic rock music. Shows change monthly. 9:30pm. $9-$10. Ages: 5+.

AT THE WESTERN DOOR. The hundreds of objects displayed show the Seneca’s and Haudenosaunee’s creative response to new technologies and materials introduced following European Contact.

SATURDAY SUN, MOON AND STARS. This relaxed, enjoyable family show presents prominent constellations and takes the audience on a quick trip to the moon. Show Times: confirm at rmsc.org. $8-$10.

DISCOVER OUR WEATHER. Make a cloud, measure the wind, and marvel at the power of lightning!

FLY ME TO THE MOON. Fly Me to the Moon combines the Apollo 11 mission with a whimsical twist involving three tween-age flies who go along on an incredible space adventure. Ring of Fire. This film explores the fiery Pacific Rim, showing the geological causes of volcanoes and how people have adapted to living in their shadow. Ages 6+yrs. $3-7.

Energize it. What powers our bodies, cities and planet, and is neither created nor destroyed? ENERGY. ENERGIZE it brings you through a multi-sensory, highly physical experience where YOU hold the power! EXPEDITION EARTH. Explore your connections to the natural world in this interactive natural science exhibition. FLIGHT TO FREEDOM. Rochester’s Underground Railroad. Explore stories of courageous African Americans who traveled through Rochester on their way from slavery to freedom. HOW THINGS WORK. Through fun, hands-on investigation, find out how mechanisms such as light switches, thermostats, and traffic signals work.

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KEVA Planks. Construct your own wooden masterpiece with KEVA Planks--identical, stackable construction blocks. Blending science with art, KEVA planks bring out the designer, architect and engineer in each of us. K’NEX. Be an engineer! Build trucks, towers- anything you can imagine with this colorful construction toy. LIGHT HERE-LIGHT NOW. Have hands-on fun with light, color, and optics with mirrors, lenses, and lasers. Presented by Bausch & Lomb.

examples of current toy inductees and play stations. Can You Tell Me How to Get to Sesame Street? See yourself on TV with the Muppets, drive Elmo around Sesame Street in a big yellow taxicab, sell movie tickets at the Circle in the Square Cinema ticket booth, and more. Celebrating America’s Favorite Doll. The display features more than 500 examples of Barbie and her friends—plus an array of Barbie accessories.

RACEWAYS. Experiment with momentum, friction, gravity, and acceleration as you send wooden balls looping and racing over ramps.

Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden®. The team has raised the bar by introducing a variety of birds and animals into the garden to create a lively ecosystem that they have dubbed “butterfly garden 2.0.”

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eGameRevolution. An original, highly interactive exhibit that explores the history of video games and their impact on the way we play, learn, and relate to each other.

One Manhattan Sq., Rochester 14607. 263-2700 or TDD 423-0746, www.museumofplay.org Check website or call for prices and hours

One History Place. Amid original artifacts and reproductions, children explore mini-environments and get a taste of life as it was a century ago.

American Comic Book Heroes: The Battle of Good vs. Evil. Climb up the side of a building, make your own cape, test your superhero skills, pose for pictures with Spiderman and learn more about your favorite comic book hero. Berenstain Bears: Down a Sunny Dirt Road. Step into the playful world of the Berenstain’s including Main St, Bear Country School, Brother & Sister Bear’s Club Houses, and the Family Tree House. NATIONAL TOY HALL OF FAME. The prestigious hall features historic

READING ADVENTURELAND. Step into a life-sized pop-up book and follow the Yellow Brick Road into five literary landscapes from children’s books. Super Kids Market. Cruise the aisles and fill your cart with a selection of colorful produce that looks so real, you can almost taste it. Departments are filled with highly interactive stations for dramatic role-playing. THE ELAINE WILSON AND STRONG EXPRESS TRAIN. Experience the thrill of old-fashioned train travel as the mini locomotive chugs down the track surrounded by scenic postcards from across America.


calendar of events • local family-friendly activities OTHER AREA ATTRACTIONS CUMMING NATURE CENTER: A 900acre preserve located 40 minutes south of Rochester. $3 per person/$10 family. 6472 Gulick Rd., Naples. 374-6160, www.rmsc.org WHEM ANKH: THE CIRCLE OF LIFE IN ANCIENT EGYPT. Travel back into the past at a time when everything from birth to death revolved around the seasons and the river of life - the Nile. The Buffalo Museum of Science, 1020 Humboldt Pkwy, Buffalo. 716-896-5200 www. sciencebuff.org Cultures for Kids. Learn about kids from all over the world. $5. Explore & More children’s museum, 300 Gleed Ave., E. Aurora. 716-655-513. www.exploreandmore.org Tour the Riedman Robotic Milking Center. Tours available MonSat 11am-2pm. $2-$3. Springdale Farm, 700 Colby Street, Spencerport. 349-2090 www.heritagechristianservices.org The Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum. Operates two historic carousels. 180 Thompson St., North Tonawanda, 14120. 716-693-1885 www.carrouselmuseum.org A Step Into Africa. This state of the art exhibit, focusing on the Ngorongoro Crater region of Tanzania, is the only one of its kind in the country. Included with admission. Seneca Park Zoo, 2222 St. Paul St, Rochester, 14621. 336-7200. www.senecaparkzoo.org Genesee Country Village & Museum. Meet and chat with the village potter, storekeeper, printer, tinsmith and blacksmith. Speak with re-enactors and townsfolk about the clothing styles of the period and visit select pieces from the museum’s historic clothing collection. 1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford. 538.6822. www.gcv.org.

TODDLER BOOK CLUB AT THE STRONG. Readings of classic children’s tales followed by music and movement activities. This month: Celebrating Once Upon a Time. Shows at 10:30am, 11:30am & 12:30pm. 10:30 & 11:30am, 12:30pm. Free with admission. National Museum of Play at The Strong, One Manhattan Sq., Rochester, 2632700. www.museumofplay.org

09 * Saturday LITERATURE LIVE: Sister Bear. Each Literature Live weekend offers the opportunity to meet, greet, and pose for photos with some of the most popular storybook characters of all time and enjoy related story readings. 11am-5pm. Free with admission. National Museum of Play at The Strong, One Manhattan Sq., Rochester, 263-2700. www.museumofplay.org

10 * Sunday LITERATURE LIVE: Sister Bear. See Mar 9. 1-5pm.

11 * Monday TODDLER BOOK CLUB AT THE STRONG. Readings of classic children’s tales followed by music and movement activities. This month: Celebrating Once Upon a Time. Shows at 10:30am, 11:30am & 12:30pm. 10:30 & 11:30am, 12:30pm. Free with admission. National Museum of Play at The Strong, One Manhattan Sq., Rochester, 2632700. www.museumofplay.org

12 * Tuesday

one, Go home with resources to continue baby signing. Sign up at Brighton Recreation or by mail. 10-11am. Brookside Recreation Center, Conference Rm 220 Idlewood Rd., Rochester 14618. 784-5260. www.townofbrighton.org/rec

14 * Thursday FREE *Baby Sign Class. In this workshop you will: Learn vocabulary words you can use every day!, See a story read in ASL, Practice signs with your little one, Go home with resources to continue baby signing. Sign up at Brighton Recreation or by mail. 10-11am. Brookside Recreation Center, Conference Rm 220 Idlewood Rd., Rochester 14618. 784-5260. www.townofbrighton. org/rec

FREE *Baby Sign Class. In this workshop you will: Learn vocabulary words you can use every day!, See a story read in ASL, Practice signs with your little

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Corn Hill Navigation. All aboard the Sam Patch & Mary Jemison! These authentic tour boats embark from Pittsford and Rochester, and provide unparalleled opportunities to experience history and enjoy relaxing getaways that showcase the beauty and ingenuity of America’s celebrated Erie Canal. For details please call 585-662-5748 or visit SamandMary.org.

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