(585) Kids magazine Spring 2023

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2023 Summer Camp Guide

Are you ready for your kids to go to camp? p. 8

The best ice cream in town p. 32

Teen corner: BFFs no more p. 35

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JUST FOR KIDS Mindfulness moments, “Audrey Asks” and more— p. 21 DAY CAMP UO T DOR ACTIVIT E S SPORTS P E RFORMINGARTS S CIENCE STEM) O V ERNIGHT CAMP CAMP FAIR GUIDE There’s a camp for absolutely everyone— p. 9
BOOK NOOK All together now! Summer reading in the 585. p. 30 FEEDING YOUR FAMILY Summer stir frys p. 34
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Hello (585) families

It is with a heavy heart that we share that our very first “Ask Audrey” interviewee has left us. Madison Kait Bathelmes passed away on February 14, 2023. Madison was seven years old. She loved to dance and eat french fries and ice cream. Her favorite nurse was Sam, and her favorite movie was Harry Potter. We just love that Audrey Mead interviewed this sweet little girl about her brave fight against leukemia. Our greatest hope was that a year after that interview we would be able to write about Madison’s recovery. We

are grateful that Audrey gave us a small glimpse into Maddie’s life.

If you would like to donate life-saving blood or platelets in Madison’s honor you can give to Team Mighty for Madison through the American Red Cross. redcrossblood.org

Publisher Jane F. Milliman

Creative Director Cathy Monrad

Managing Editor Christine Green

Production Manager Caroline Kunze

Staff Photographers Michael Hanlon

Contributing Writers Emily DiCesare, Cambrie Eckert, Terri Ercole, Tanni Haas, Rebecca Hastings, Kate McCarthy, Audrey Mead, Sarah Mead, Jinelle Vaiana, Deena Viviani

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It's time to pick a summer camp or activity. Camping, theater, art, sports, and more—there is something for everyone!

Emily DiCesare is an E.R. doc by trade, salad blogger by passion, who lives in Brighton with her family.

Cambrie Eckert Cambrie Eckert is an honors student majoring in multimedia journalism at SUNY Brockport. She also works hard as the news editor for The Stylus and vice president of Lambda Pi Eta to further her passion for writing.

Terri Ercole is an elementary school teacher and volunteer with the Center for Youth in Rochester.

Tanni Haas is a professor in the Department of Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders at

the City University of New York–Brooklyn College.

Rebecca Hastings is a parent, writer, and speaker. Learn more at rebeccahastings.net

Kate McCarthy is a senior at SUNY Brockport studying English and Journalism. She will be graduating in May 2023.

Audrey Mead is a curious fifth grader with a passion for reading. She loves Legos, performing in musicals, and writing stories.

Sarah Mead is a writer who loves children’s books and dance parties in the kitchen. She lives with her

family in Victor.

Anna Overmoyer a traditional and dimensional illustrator who grew up in the forest of Upstate New York. anna-overmoyer.square.site.

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Deena Viviani is the young adult services librarian at Brighton Memorial Library.

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SPRING 2023 FREE! PLEASETAKE ONE 585KIDS.COM Are you ready for your kids to go to camp? p. 8 The best ice cream in town p. 32 Teen corner: BFFs no more p. 35 JUST FOR KIDS Mindfulness moments, “Audrey Asks” and more— p.21 CAMP FAIR GUIDE There’s camp for absolutely p.9 2023 Summer Camp Guide BOOK NOOK All together now! Summer reading in the 585. p.30 FEEDING YOUR FAMILY Summer stir frys p.34 23 26 26
In every issue 4 Deadlines, Hello (585) families 29 New and noteworthy By Jinelle Vaiana 30 Book nook By Deena Viviani 34 Feeding your family By Emily DiCesare 36 Family do-list By Kate McCarthy Features 8 Are you ready for your kids to go to camp? By Rebecca Hastings 32 The area's best ice cream shops By Sarah Mead 35 Navigating teen friendships By Tanni Haas Just For Kids 21 Color your world By Anna Overmoyer 22 Mindfulness moments By Terri Ercole 23 Audrey asks By Audrey Mead 24 Ice-age giants By Cambrie Ckery 26 Meet Sailor By Kate McCarthy 8 ON
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Camp ready

Am I ready to send my child to overnight camp?

As the van pulled away, I wanted nothing more than to change my mind. I wanted to pull my kids back to me, bring them home, and keep them with me forever. Instead, I stood there watching them go, watching until the van was out of sight, watching just a few minutes longer as my eyes filled with the tears I had been holding back all morning. I didn’t want them to go as much as I wanted them to go.

Knowing when kids are ready for overnight camp feels concrete, even if there is a bit of a learning curve in the process.

- Do they want to go? Are they excited?

- Are they comfortable sleeping away from home?

Knowing when we as parents are ready for our kids to go to overnight camp is rarely even talked about.

While we can do all the research, find the perfect camp, and understand the amazing opportunities overnight camp gives our kids, there are things to consider before watching that van drive away.

How do I feel about it? Excited? Nervous? Ready? No matter how you feel, you will probably never be ready. That’s the reality of parenting kids as they grow up. There will always be a pull from somewhere deep inside of you that wants to hold on. Even when you know you need to let go. It isn’t easy for anyone but recognizing it helps.

Does it feel safe? The safety of your kids is always one of your top priorities. Sending them to overnight camp, for one night, one week, or a whole summer, is a big decision. Take time to learn about the camp. Find out about the people working with the kids. Questions about requirements for lifeguards and background checks are completely appropriate and reputable camps will not be offended by any of these. Understanding the camp, how it works, and the people responsible during that time will help you decide how comfortable you are entrusting them with your child.

What is the emergency plan? Part of protecting our kids means being aware of dangers. The idea of not being there if something goes wrong can be hard and can even hold parents back from sending kids to camp. From an injury to simple homesickness, think about how you would handle a situation if it arises. While it isn’t comfortable, understanding the camp protocols as well as how you would be available and get to your child is a helpful way to feel ready.

Am I excited about the opportunities they will have? If you are going to balance the struggle of letting them go, it is key to know why you are sending them in the first place. Will they be able to have tons of outdoor time to play? Will your science lover get to do experiments every day? Will your artist have a full week of creating? Knowing the benefits of the camp and how it will help your child grow, develop friendships, learn, and foster independence will help when you are missing them.

How will I know what’s happening?

Camps are full of ways to connect. While most don’t allow phone communication, many have fun ways to stay connected. Camps today have opportunities to send emails, text, or even see daily pictures of your child at camp. Know the ways you can stay aware of your child’s experience. It will help you feel connected each day.

If you are uncertain about these things, take some time to think about them. Explore different camp options like how far it is from your home and how many days they will go. If you are struggling, start closer to home or opt for shorter time frame. If you are feeling more confident, explore longer options or out-of-state possibilities. Sending kids with a sibling or friend is a great way to have some peace of mind and talking to families that have sent their kids to the camp you are considering will help you find out more than what they show on the website. See what makes you feel more comfortable and go from there.

While it is important to decide if your child is ready to go to camp, it is equally important to make sure you are comfortable sending them. Taking time to think about these questions will help you decide if you are ready to send your child to overnight camp.

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A one-stop look at the summer camps and activities featured in this issue

*Indicates that the organization will be represented at the (585) Kids Summer Camp & Activity Fair on Sunday, April 16 at Eastview Mall in Victor, NY. (Subject to change.)



7600 Pinnacle Rd., Victor • 585-433-2930 pinnacleathleticvictor.com

Camp Pinnacle gets your child active on our 60,000 sq. foot turf, two basketball courts, volleyball courts & more! We focus on large & small motor skill activities & provide a safe and FUN environment for your child to play and explore this summer.


11 Lakeshore Dr., Canandaigua • 585-394-8150 cdgasailboard.com

Get out on the water this Summer with Canandaigua Sailboard. This all-ages, week-long kid’s camp offers lessons in wake surfing, public water protection, and sustainability.


200 Eastview Mall, Victor • 585-282-0000 stores.dickssportinggoods.com/ny/victor/1500/

DICK’s House of Sport is excited to host a variety of summer camps to instill love of sport, develop performance within sport, or simply to just have fun and make friends! Week-long activities are planned June 26-Aug. 25, with half day sessions 9:30 a.m.12:30 p.m. Don’t want to commit to a full week? Single day dropin is also available. Programming accommodates ages 8-12 plus.


121 Lincoln Ave., Rochester  • 585-285-7064 • fastbreakkids.com

Check out Fast Break Sports for your child’s summer camp spot. They offer a variety of sports camps for children of all ages.


123 Ling Rd., Rochester • 585-865-2800 • lshaice.com

Provides players with on-ice training, off-ice shooting, strength and conditioning, and team building.


1601 Penfield Rd., Rochester • 585-377-2000

3042 W. Ridge Rd., Rochester • 585-227-8000

2255 E. Ridge Rd., Irondequoit • 585-342-5010 masterkims.com

Help your child develop self-confidence, self-esteem, and leadership skills. Master Kim’s Taekwondo is a landmark of Rochester martial arts. Weekly camps include Taekwondo classes, games, arts and crafts, and weekly field trips.


200 E. Highland Dr., Brighton • 585-461-2300 • midtown.com

Camp Midtown kids enjoy a variety of games, crafts, and weekly themed sessions, from the pool to the tennis courts and everything in between.


3335 Brighton-Henrietta Town Line Rd., Rochester 585-654-6047 • rocfencing.com

Rochester Fencing Club offers a variety of camps throughout the summer months for the beginner and intermediate levels. Fencing is a great way for children to develop memory and focus and to improve their mood while learning the traditions of respect and courtesy of the sport. Campers are grouped by age level and experience. Sessions run Monday–Friday, from 9 a.m.–12 p.m.


1344 University Ave., Rochester • 585-204-7537 rochesterparkour.com

From movement games to nerf battles, co-owners Charles and Nicole have created a space for kiddos to explore this interesting form of movement and exercise. For ages 6–9.


5555 St. Paul Blvd., Rochester • 585-342-5511 • rochesteryc.com

For ages 6–17, summer programs teach and promote an interest in yachts and yachting and the principles of seamanship and navigation.


1044 University Ave., Rochester • 585-442-5462 rocventuresclimbing.com

Are you searching for ways to keep your children entertained and engaged this summer? Look no further than RocVentures’ day and week-long camps! Our experienced staff will provide your children with a fun and challenging experience, offering activities such as climbing, team-building games, and more. Our safe and supportive environment will give your kids the opportunity to make new friends while building confidence. Join us for an unforgettable summer adventure! Ages 6-15. Week and Day Options: June 26–Sept. 1.


7433 Clover St. PO Box 117, Sodus Point • 315-333-2079 • sbjsa.org This association’s sailing curriculum is designed to provide all levels of instruction from beginner to advanced. All classes will be offered as a one-week session. For ages 8–18.


80 Lyndon Rd., Fairport 123 Ling Rd., Rochester 800-724-6658 • siha.com

Forty hours of hockey for ages 6–17! SIHA is a fast-paced program perfect for any level of hockey player. The Fairport camp will be held at the Rochester Ice Center July 10–14. The Rochester camp will be held at the Lakeshore Hockey Arena July 31–Aug. 4.


570 Kreag Rd., Pittsford • 585-381-2529 • tcr1886.com

Offers a variety of options for campers to fill their days with sports, swimming, group activities, and fun. Offered in one-week sessions, Monday–Friday, beginning June 26.

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880 Elmgrove Rd., Rochester • 585-458-4263

435 W. Commercial St, East Rochester • 585-203-0367 totalsports-experience.com

A variety of camps for kids interested in sports such as soccer, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, and more. Sessions vary in length and programs are available for ages 2–18 plus.



The Y has more than 100 years of experience in providing a safe environment for young people to explore personal interests, build self-esteem, develop interpersonal skills, and discover the health benefits of the outdoors with locations across Monroe, Ontario, Steuben, and Yates Counties.


Camp Arrowhead (Pittsford) • 585-383-4590

Camp Bay View (Webster) • 585-341-4001

Camp Cory (Penn Yan) • 585-325-2889

Camp Eastside (Penfield) • 585-341-4030

Camp Glacier Lake (Canandaigua) • 585-394-6866

Camp Northpoint (Hilton) • 585-784-3800

Camp Watson Woods (Painted Post) • 607-936-4638


Camps Cory and Gorham are detailed in the “Overnight Camps” section on page 13-14.


3150 W. Henrietta Rd .Suite 4, Rochester • 585-427-9289 rochester.thewarriorfactory.com

The Warrior Factory Ninja Camp includes structured and unstructured activities that range from training techniques, open gym play, ninja games, obstacle courses, and some ninjarelated activities. The Warrior Factory Ninja Camp is run by our engaging staff and camp spots will be limited to maintain a safe and fun staffing ratio! Weeklong camps are available over the summer, as well as during school breaks. Individual day camps are available on some holidays.



2332 State Rte. 444, Bloomfield • 585-259-9516 foxhallfarm.wordpress.com

Foxhall Farm Training & Sales offers up a variety of camps throughout the year for horseback riding and equestrian exploration. The camp offers lessons in riding, stable management, equipment, and horsemanship. Operating out of City View Equestrian.


99 Victor Rd., Fairport • 585-223-1330 • lollypop.org

Lollypop Farm offers a variety of summer camps for kids interested in learning more about animals and the animal welfare community. Make new friends, learn together, play games, and hang out with amazing animals. Fun for animal enthusiasts entering second through ninth grade.


6472 Gulick Rd., Naples • 585-374-6160 • rmsc.org

Join outdoor educators as they search for salamanders, build gnome homes, climb trees, dig for artifacts, learn basic wilderness skills, enjoy outdoor team-building activities, and more! Ages 6–18.


2222 St. Paul St., Rochester • 585-336-7213 • senecaparkzoo.org

Summer ZooCamp offers half-day or full-day options where campers ages 3–12 explore nature and animals. Every camp includes daily animal experiences, nature hikes, outdoor play, and more!

ARTS (Please note: theater camps are on page 17)


519 Allens Creek Rd., Rochester • 585-641-5231


Join Allendale Columbia School this summer for fun and unique camp experiences! We offer a variety of camps from entrepreneurship and art in nature to jewelry making and creative performance and much, much more! Choose one camp on our 33-acre campus or mix-and-match Day Camp with special weekly programs delivered by AC teachers all summer long! Contact Julie Barrett for additional information at jbarrett@ allendalecolumbia.org!


2160 Penfield Rd., Penfield • 585-364-3766 bachtorock.com/penfield

Unique music camps give kids and teens the chance to unleash their inner rock star — no prior experience necessary! We offer music camps over school breaks and every week all summer long. Kids have a blast learning to play hit songs and performing with other campers on the big stage or in our Beat Refinery room! Options include Rock City World Tour (4-6), Glee Club (6+), Rock Band (7+), Beat Making (8+), Recording Arts (10+), and DJ (10+) camps.


4245 East Ave., Rochester • 585-396-0411 naz.edu/casa-italiana/childrens-programs

Children will learn about the cultural heritage of Italy and the language with week-long activities including indoor and outdoor language games, cooking, history and geography, traditions, theater, folk dancing, guest demonstrations, videos, and more. Monday–Friday from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


3 Railroad St., Fairport • 585-223-8210


Half-day or full-day camps July 11–Aug. 19 (9 a.m.–noon). For ages 5–9: weekly themed camps/painting pottery and canvas, plus crafts and games. For ages 10–15: learn a variety of painting techniques on pottery, canvas, and wood.


1326 University Ave., Rochester • 585-208-6285


All levels of study and intensity for children wishing to improve their abilities or train to become a professional dancer. Summer

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programs: Creative Movement (ages 3–4) and Pre-Ballet (ages 5–6) June 8–July 20; Imagination Dance Camps (ages 3-6) July 1020; two-week programs July 10-21; and four-week intensive July 31–Aug. 25.


26 Gibbs St., Rochester • 585-274-1000 • esm.rochester.edu

Put music on your schedule this summer; join Eastman Community School programs for middle and high school students! Spend a week at Eastman making music with people just like you—who love playing, learning, and creating music in a supportive and fun environment. Programs for middle schoolers include Adventure Music Camp and Keyboard Explorations. Programs for high school students include High School Wind Ensemble, Gamelan and Mandolin Workshops, and Eastman Experience: Summer Jazz and Summer Classical Studies. Summer is also a great time to try something new! ECMS offers individual lessons on all instruments. All ages and abilities are welcome to join our community. Have fun and make friends at ECMS this summer!


1387 Fairport Rd. Suite 900, Fairport • 585-425-7975 elitestudioofdance.com

Registration is underway for summer classes including tumbling, hip hop, themed camp weeks, and competition-level classes, for boys and girls from tots to teens.


50 N. Plymouth Ave., Rochester • 585-454-4596 hochstein.org

Hochstein has a wide range of summer offerings for all ages, including Arts In Action camps, musical theater vocals and dancing, and an array of instrumental instruction, including rock, jazz, percussion, and composition. Camps run from July 10–Aug. 18.


2077 South Clinton Ave., Rochester • 585-244-6910 kanack.org

The Kanack School of Musical Artistry offers a variety of weeklong camps throughout summer focusing on everything from Suzuki, Orchestra, and Chamber Music to Fiddle, Improvisation, and Art. There are opportunities for students of all ages and levels including those who have not yet started music lessons!


500 University Ave., Rochester • 585-276-8960 mag.rochester.edu

This year, the Creative Workshop at the MAG will be celebrating our 25th year of offering Camps for Kids! These immersive all-day camps welcome campers ages 6-15. Offering both Art Day Camps and Clay Camps, these programs introduce art techniques, creative problem solving, and are a fantastic way to strengthen art skills and confidence in creativity! Through fun weekly themes, campers explore drawing, painting, mixed media, and more, and enjoy high quality projects, visits to the Gallery to see original works of art, daily snack, lunch, and recreation breaks. The Creative Workshop also hosts shorter art classes for youth and adults of all ages during the summer!


821 Fairport Rd., East Rochester • 585-203-1763/585-704-1903 newyorkstateballet.org

Offers certified professional dance instruction in a welcoming and nurturing environment. The brand-

new spacious studios feature state-of-the-art dance floors that reduce the potential for injury. Many performance opportunities are available for your child to showcase the skills learned and joy experienced while dancing alongside the professional dancers of New York State Ballet.


235 High St. Extension, Victor • 585-400-7625 schoolofrock.com/locations/rochesterny

School of Rock’s music camps offer an incredible selection of experiences from beginner music camps to intermediate and advanced sessions. Our music camps include performance boot camps, artist-themed camps, songwriting, and more—there’s a camp for every interest and skill level.


1822 Penfield Rd., Penfield • 585-872-5710 • artstopllc.com

Campers age 5–12 will work on a variety of art projects using different mediums, such as acrylics, clay, gouache, watercolor, marker, pastels, colored pencils, and more. Full-day, half-day (morning or afternoon), and extended care offered.


275 Pinnacle Rd., Rochester • 585-455-5050 • tfsdartsmsp.com

Main Street Players helps students grow in excellence in the arts in an enjoyable and creative way. They offer an inclusive experience for performers of all ages to discover their theatrical skills.


Rochester • 585-413-7206 • theetiquettechics.com

The Etiquette Chics offer a variety of etiquette classes at Pittsford and Perinton Recreation, as well as at local country clubs, libraries, and with Girl Scout troops. They also offer virtual sessions. To learn more and register, visit the website or contact via email.


20-102 Assembly Dr., Mendon • 585.624.5510 • mtfmodels.com

Mary Therese Friel’s Modeling, Acting & Self Development Summer Camps are for girls 9–19. Come for an exciting week of Runway & Print Modeling, TV Commercial & Motion Picture Acting, Self-Development, Presentation Skills & Leadership Training, plus your own personal Photo Shoot! Learn from the best. Mary Therese Friel is a Former Miss USA, Ford Model, National Spokesperson & Celebrated Community Leader. For over 35 years MTF has been making dreams come true. One-week camps are held in July & Aug. Call us for dates, availability, and to register. Don’t wait—space is limited!



55 Boy Scout Rd., Strafford, NH • (718) 855-7600 ext. 823 beamcamp.org

Beam Camp is a sleepaway camp program oriented around youth agency, skill-building, and collaboration. We set ourselves apart from other sleepaway experiences through our focus on building and project making! Every session is centered around a Big Project, and workshops are lead by guest artists, and Independent Work projects are designed by campers themselves. We have a fully equipped woodshop, metal shop, FabLab, and an art barn, all ready for your campers craft-based investigations! For ages 9-17.

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9534 Short Tract Rd., Hunt • 585-468-3850 campcherithwny.org

Camp Cherith is a traditional s’mores and outdoors summer camp. Camper activity choices include swimming, hiking, horseback riding, target sports, fishing, nature, and much more. One week of day camp, then four weeks of residential camp for ages 7-17. Small cabin groups are led by a caring counselor. Come explore God’s creation, build lasting friendships, and dig into God’s Word. Take a break from our fast-paced, technology-driven world and enjoy the summer with us!


140 East Lake Rd., Penn Yan • 585-325-2889 • campcory.org

At YMCA Camp Cory, campers are immersed in the traditions of Camp including the spirit of our villages and all the activities the beautiful property has to offer. Small groups and specialist-run activities allow campers to receive the attention and guidance they need while swimming, sailing, outdoor activities, and so much more.


265 Darts Lake Rd., Eagle Bay • 315-357-6401 • campgorham.org

Allow your kids to unplug and connect with what really matters most at YMCA Camp Gorham. Located in the heart of the Adirondacks, this great camp rests on 1,500 acres of private land and boasts a 400-acre private lake. Camp provides the perfect setting for hiking, swimming, and exploration on horseback. Camp Gorham is an overnight camp founded on the principle of independence, belonging, achievement and friendship, all in a structured, safe environment that allows kids to just be kids.


2970 Kohler Rd., Varysburg • 585-535-7832 • camphickoryhill.org

These faith-based overnight summer camps are filled with excitement and packed with activities to help campers grow spiritually and socially. There is worship, prayer, and Bible teachings throughout the day.


4395 East Lake Rd., Livonia • 585-346-2243 campstellamaris.org

For more than ninety years, Camp Stella Maris has been a home away from home for campers to try new and exciting things, challenge themselves, and make friends that will last a lifetime.


150 Whitman Rd., Penn Yan • 315-220-0084 campwhitman.org

This is a traditional, overnight summer camp experience focused on exploring the outdoors, developing friendships, and growing in connection to faith. This summer’s themes include water, music, and arts sessions. There are also two sessions for adults with developmental disabilities.



285 Woodcraft Rd., Old Forge • 315-369-6031 woodcraftcamps.com

Adirondack Woodcraft Camps’ mission is to help young people grow in courage, build resilience, and see the natural world with caring eyes. For ages 6–17.


One Museum Way, Corning • 607-937-5371 • cmog.org

Think kids and glass don’t mix? Think again! The museum is an exciting and affordable family destination that will have you saying, “I had no idea!” Explore the art, design, history, and technology of glass, watch live glassblowing demonstrations, and even make your own glass. Discounts may apply for adults and groups. Kids and teens 17 and under are always FREE.


274 N. Goodman St., Rochester • 585-210-8554 marvelousminds.com

Marvelous Mind Academy is an educational cooperative for exploratory learning that uses the world as its classroom.


657 East Ave., Rochester • 585-271-4320 • rmsc.org

Stay curious with a hefty helping of hands-on, minds-on science, and fun! Get ready to share in new adventures, discover science, and explore exciting experiments! Ages 3–15.



50 Science Pkwy., Rochester • 585-248-9011 • autismup.org

Year-round innovative social clubs, sensory exploration classes, personal fitness, and recreation programs for individuals ages 3-plus of all abilities. Center for Community Transition for ages 18-plus. As well as Summer Speech Boot Camp and host of iCanBike July 24-28. Summer Programming: July 16-Sept. 9.


1650 South Ave., Rochester • 585-442-4430 epiny.org/epilepsy/camp-eagr

Camp EAGR is a week-long, overnight camp for youth with epilepsy who gather for a week of swimming, horseback riding, rock wall climbing, laughing, and fun.


356 N. Midler Ave., Syracuse • 315-434-9477 campgooddays.org/regions-central-ny

Summer camping sessions and year-round programs for children and families impacted by cancer or sickle cell anemia. All programs offered free of charge.


PO Box 665, 1332 Pittsford-Mendon Rd., Mendon 585-624-5555/800-785-2135


Summer camping sessions and year-round programs for children and families impacted by cancer or sickle cell anemia. All programs offered free of charge.


6430 Transit Rd., Suite 200, Depew • 716-206-0709 campgooddays.org/regions-western-ny

Summer camping sessions and year-round programs for children and families impacted by cancer or sickle cell anemia. All programs offered free of charge.

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COME SEE A SHOW THIS SUMMER! Stages 2023 Summer Theater day Camps

TICKETS: MJTStages.org


Rent School Edition

Performed by students

Entering Grades 7 - 12

Performances July 13 -15

Disney's Finding Nemo JR.

Performed by students

Entering Grades 2 - 6

Performances July 28 -29

Mean Girls JR.

Performed by students

Entering Grades 6 - 10

Performances August 11 - 12

** A Few Spots Left **

Broadway Cabaret Kids

Entering Grades 1 - 5

August 14 - 18 (M - F)

9:00 am - 12:30 pm

Showcase on final camp day

Directed by Joe Janover and Katya Lyubomirsky

To register: mjtstages.org/summer-camp

875 East Main Street, Suite 380 Auditorium Center, Rochester, NY 14605


TIO N S EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC • UNIVERSITY OF ROCHESTER esm.rochester.edu/community (585) 274-1400
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2022 HOLIDAY EVENTS CALENDAR 2023 Summer Camp & Activity Guide



10 Rockhurst Dr., Penfield • 585-371-5018 familyautismcenter.com/camp-puzzle-peace

The Family Autism Center’s family camp is a place that families with children on the Autism Spectrum can go to relax and spend quality time together in the Adirondack wilderness. The program targets families with school aged children, but can accommodate preschoolers and young adults as well. Session 1: June 25–28. Session 2: Aug. 14–17.


809 Five Points Dr., Rush • 585-533-2080 • sunshinecamp.org

This campground is the only of its kind in the area. The fully accessible residential summer camp helps meet the needs of children ages 7-21 with paralysis or other disabilities. This camp features a fully accessible treehouse and the Grizzi Family Sensory Center. This camp offers activities such as boating, fishing, mini golf, swimming, and much more.



875 East Main St., Auditorium Center, Third Floor, Rochester 585-935-7173 • mjtstages.org

Join Stages for fun, high-quality theater camps this summer! A Magical Journey Thru Stages is a non-profit organization that creates fun, high-quality youth theater year-round. Young entertainers can grow and expand their talents while rehearsing and performing in a musical day camp. Summer 2023 full-day camps at Stages for students entering Grades 2–12 include: Rent School Edition; Finding Nemo, JR.; and Mean Girls, JR. In addition, Stages offers a one-week, half-day option for our young performers entering grades 1-5 called Broadway Cabaret KIDS. Come see a show as an audience member if you aren’t able to join our camps. There is something for everyone through Stages this summer! Please see mjtstages.org/summer-camps for more details.


100 Cobblestone Ct. Dr, Victor • 585-727-2438 bestfootforwardkids.com

Through the production of Beauty and the Beast and Annie Kids, participants will study dances, music, group choreography, vocal techniques, and perform acting exercises. Auditions will be held on the first day of camp and performances take place each Friday. There are four back-to-back sessions beginning July 10.


4785 Lake Ave., Rochester • 585-802-1902 musicaltheatreeducation.com

Campers will spend their days rehearsing for their chosen show, playing theater games, and participating in vocal, acting, and dance training. Camp day runs 9 a.m.–4 p.m. to accommodate a longer lunch time where campers will walk to Ontario Beach State Park most days.


OFC Creations Theatre Center: 3450 Winton Pl., Rochester Kodak Center: 200 W. Ridge Rd, Rochester 585-667-0954 • ofccreations.com

Offering camps for ages 4–18 focusing on skills in acting, singing, and dance. Campers participating in OFC’s Pint Sized Performers program (ages 4-7) will learn a short 12–15-minute stage production and assist with writing the script and adding in musical songs and dances. Campers in programs open to ages

7-12 will participate in two-week camps where a full 60-minute musical is auditioned, cast, rehearsed, and performed with costumes, sets, and more. Teenage students can join OFC to put on a full length musical open to the general public. Camps for all ages are offered at both their Brighton campus and downtown campus, and campers work alongside professional directors and designers while learning different styles of dance and new genres of vocal selections.

VARIETY OF OFFERINGS (from arts to STEM to sports)



2320 Brighton Henrietta Town Line Rd., Rochester 585-244-4210 • senecawaterways.org

Come and enjoy the outdoors this Summer at Boy Scouts of America. There are a wide variety of programs at two different camps for children of all ages.


25 Parce Ave., Fairport • 585-678-9434 • challengerochester.com

Offers a variety of camps throughout the summer for ages 6 and up. Martial Arts Camp runs 9:30–11:30 a.m., tumbling camp 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. and 1:30–3:30 p.m., and dance camp 1:30–3:30 p.m. A mini camp is also available for children ages 4–7, and is offered 9:30 a.m.–12 p.m.


57 St. Paul St., Rochester • 585-428-9777 cityofrochester.gov/summercamps

Sign your child up for a fun and active summer at the City of Rochester’s ArtSmart East & West and Youth Sports Camps. Offers a diverse group of friends, caring staff, affordable prices, and convenient locations. For ages 6–13.


3040 Monroe Ave., Rochester • 585-900-2633 codeninjas.com/ny-pittsford

Offers a variety of programs for ages 5–14 focusing on technology and STEM skills.


Fairport, Gates, Rochester, Irondequoit • generations-care.com

Generations Summer Adventure for Kids provides a great way to learn new skills and experience exciting summer fun, all in a nurturing environment during the ten weeks of summer. A new theme every week, plus summer reading, music, art, science, and fun. For ages 5–10.


1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford • 585-538-6822 • gcv.org

Make summer camp memories that last a lifetime! At GCV&M, campers can get hands on with history, become one with the nature, and express their creative spirit. Hearth cooking, historic games, farm animals, salamanders, campfires, woodland hikes, legend, lore, and more! We have something for everyone, even a supervised bus from Rochester! Register now and join us for summer fun!


100 Elmwood Ave., Door 9, Rochester • 888-837-6410 gswny.org

Girl Scouts offers a summer camp for girls to explore leadership, build skills, and develop a deep appreciation for nature. There are day- and week-long camp options, with swimming, hiking, horseback riding, archery, and ropes course.

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18 Spring 2023 | 585kids.com 1 Week Overnight Camps: Ages 8 - 16 2 Night Overnight Camps: Ages 6 - 11 www.CampWhitman.org For Your Best Summer Ever ARE YOU READY? Enrolling now! Call to set up a tour 585.427.0700 Ages 6 weeks to 12 years 3510 Winton Place Rochester, NY 14623 1437 Blossom Rd., Rochester, NY 14610 • mercyhs.com Discover your inner Mercy Girl Mercy inspires young women to be themselves. Mercy Girls become prepared for real life and pioneers of positive change for the future. To learn more visit www.mercyhs.com Grades 6-12

EVENTS CALENDAR 2023 Summer Camp & Activity Guide



1981 Clover St., Brighton • 585-442-1770 • harleyschool.org

Summer at Harley is made of carefully-crafted programs, camps, and classes. We provide: thematic programming for our youngest attendees during Summer Nursery, opportunities to explore a variety of interests in Summer Academy classes, Driver’s Education to promote safety behind the wheel, our “neighborhood feel” Day Camp, or an immersive nature experience in Eco Camp.


4017 Miner Rd. Palmyra • 315-576-3202 • Historicpursuits.org

We create custom-made courses for individuals, families, and organizations that wish to learn about our nation’s past by experiencing it first-hand: colonial tea parties, Revolutionary War encampments, frontier obstacle courses . . . if you are at least eight years old and ready for an adventure of “historic” proportions, come join us!


(formerly JCC Day Camp)

1200 Edgewood Ave., Brighton • 585-461-2000 jccrochester.org/camp

The Louis S. Wolk JCC of Greater Rochester’s day camp aims to build a formative and fun program for grades K–10 that welcomes all campers into a safe community of respect and inclusion. Activities include nature, sports, arts and crafts, swim, and theater.


1437 Blossom Rd., Rochester • 585-288-7120 • mercyhs.com

Summer camps for girls focused on friendship, challenges, and growing their talents.


942 South Ave., Rochester • 585-473-2858 • rcn4kids.org

Rochester Childfirst Network offers infant and toddler care as well as summer camp options for children ages six weeks to twelve years. Enrollment is open for camp at their convenient South Ave. location.


165 Rhinecliff Dr., Rochester • 585-473-6604 • setoncs.org

The Seton Summer Program is a day camp that blends academics, arts, and recreation. Daily features include academics with certified teachers, creative arts, and recreation with Mr. D! Camp at Seton is open to children entering kindergarten through sixth grade.


2070 Five Mile Line Rd., Penfield • 585-387-3770 • finneyschool.org

Learn the fundamentals or refine your skills in volleyball (grades 7–12), basketball (grades 3–7), or soccer (grades 3–7).


740 University Ave., Rochester • 585-473-2590 • wab.org

Does your child, tween, or teen love to read, write, act, tell stories, attend Hogwarts Academy, explore social justice, imagine, create, make new friends? Then a SummerWrite camp, July-Aug., will enrich their world.

is underway now for ALL summer classes including tumbling, hip-hop, and competitive level classes. Boys and girls, tots to teens - there’s something for everyone at Elite!

585kids.com | Spring 2023 19 R GUIDE SPRING CHECK IT OUT! Malik D. Evans, Mayor city of rochester.gov/ R- Central TEACHING AND INSPIRING DANCERS AROUND ROCHESTER SINCE 2009. DANCE WITH US THIS SUMMER! Disney Days July 10-14 Unicorn Fun July 17-21 July 31-Aug 4 THEME CAMP WEEKS (Ages 3+)
Find out more at www.elitestudioofdance.com 1387 Fairport Road Suite 900 • Fairport, NY 14450 • (585) 425-7975 @EliteStudioROC Pop Star July 24-28

SummerfuninPenfieldat TheCharlesFinneySchool!


AllcampsheldonTheCharlesFinneySchoolcampus: 2070FiveMileLineRoad,Penfield,NY14526

2023 Summer Visual & Performing Arts Program www.tfsdartsmsp.com

Disney's Finding Nemo JR. June 26 – June 30; July 5 - 7

Bring it On the Musical July 24 – August 4

Performances: August 4 & 5

Grades 6 – Graduating 12th Grade

Main Street Players Community eater:

Rehearsals: June 20 – July 13 (Tuesday, Wednesday, ursday)

Tech Rehearsal: July 17 - 20

Performances: July 21 & 22

Entering grade 9 – Adult


1. Access our website and connect to our secure portal www.tfsdartsmsp.com/summer-camps

2. Set up your Family Account

3. Enroll for the Summer 2023 Season

(Already have a family account? Log in and enroll!)

Email questions to: mainstreetplayersinfo@tfsdartsmsp.com

Questions: call Kim at 585-704-6211 or Terry at 585-455-5050

A $75 non-refundable deposit is due at registration to reserve your spot. Balance is due on April 15.

ere are no refunds given after the show has been cast. All who register participate in the production; auditions are to determine parts.

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REGISTER TODAY! Contact us at: Creative Workshop at the MAG 500 University Ave., Rochester 585.276.8959 | creativeworkshop@mag.rochester.edu https://mag.rochester.edu/creativeworkshop/camps-for-kids/ curious about our camps? about our camps? or scan here! here! We're celebrating our 25th summer of camps for kids! These immersive all-day camps offer both Art and Clay programs, for kids ages 6-15.

Color your world

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It’s a beautiful day for a walk!

Mindfulness while walking can help you find peace, joy, and creativity

Most of us walk toward a destination. What if it were different? What if we walked with the purpose of being fully in the moment? Your stroll could take you along a city sidewalk, a trail, a playground, or your own neighborhood. Wherever you go, pay attention and let all your senses engage. I don’t mean a hypervigilant forced walk but a mindful walk.

Taking time to be present in your surroundings can open a whole new world. Start mindful walking often and in different settings! Let’s talk about a walking activity that can provide a sensory experience for your whole family.

Spring is a perfect time for getting out, taking a walk, and putting all your senses to use. The fresh smells, blossoming plants, and new life all around can provide a much-needed pick me up after a 585 winter.

All you really need is imagination, your senses engaged, and a bit of focus. If you are inclined, add in a journal and cool writing tool.

Before getting out there, take a deep breath, clear your head, and do some mindful breathing. Remember: in through the nose, fill up that belly, and out through your lips like you are blowing out a candle. The whole point of this walk

is to really see what is around you. Open up—see, smell, touch, and listen! A pebble can reveal tinier stones and colors inside of it. Leaves on the ground will crunch and give off different smells. Imagine a piece of bark is a mountain and tiny creatures are crawling over it. Examine the texture, smell, and color (NOT taste!). REALLY notice! Something as simple as the tree you see every day in a neighbor’s yard will soon become a tangle of colors, shapes, and movement. The sidewalk below you will be more than pavement—it will feel differently as you notice the jagged edges. As you walk, try this. Pick up something that intrigues you. Never pick something from a living object (that includes the dog walking past you). Keep these items and create a collage or an ever-changing shadow box! Voila! A reminder to be present.

If writing is more your thing, journal all that you’ve experienced. Journaling can be done with pictures or words. You can list ideas that came to you during your stroll, create a poem, or draw a picture. Really focus on your overall experience. Mindful walking is so much more than seeing. So next time you head out the door, keep all your senses alive. Bring a friend, share the journey and the joy.


• Adults can take a mindful walk with their children, too. A nice, healthy stroll is about so much more than just getting in those ten thousand steps.

• After you do some of your own mindful breathing guide, your little ones to do the same before heading out.

• Children are very good at discovering all that is around them. If you’ve ever walked with a toddler, you know they can find wonder and

excitement in every step. Join them as they curiously explore the world around them.

• Ask your child what those sidewalk cracks would seem like to an ant trying to pass over. How is it a different perspective from their own or a giant’s?

• Be patient. There is no need to make this walk stressful. Allow your children to lead the way and enjoy this special time with them.

Mindfulness moments
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An environmentalist

Audrey is a curious eleven-year-old who wants to learn more about everything. She is searching for kids in the Rochester area who are doing big things. Today she interviews fourteen-year-old Noah Moretter. He has started his own recycling business. He is in the eighth

grade at Johanna Perrin Middle School in Fairport, and he has a younger brother named Aiden who is in sixth grade. He likes Italian food like spaghetti and watching Outer Banks on Netflix.

I heard that you really care about recycling. What got you interested in it?

I have been interested in recycling ever since I was three. I remember a garbage man coming to my house and I thought it was so cool. After that I waited for the garbage truck every day and I’ve continued to be passionate about the whole refuse industry ever since.

When did you decide to start your own recycling business?

I started it in 2020, right about when COVID started. I noticed that people around that time stopped recycling, and I was fascinated by that. I thought I could make a big difference. My aunt is a graphic designer and she helped me design a logo.

Tell me more about your business. I collect bottles and cans, and I recycle them at the Palmyra Recycling Center and Can Kings. I use some of

the money on my business costs like my website, logo, and business cards. And I save some of it for college. But every year I donate a big portion of the money I earned to a local charity.

How can someone become a customer?

They can visit noahsrecycling.weebly.com or contact me at noahsrecycling@gmail.com and sign up to be a customer. Then we set a time and day for your collection, and it’s free.

How much time do you spend on your business?

I usually spend 3–4 days a week on collecting, recycling, and keeping up with emails from customers. I also attend committee meetings like the sustainability committee in Fairport. I service around ten customers a week including some businesses that weren’t recycling previously.

Do you have any hobbies or secret talents?

I have a YouTube channel with over four thousand subscribers where I talk about waste and recycling.

Where do you see yourself in five or ten years?

I want to go to college for environmental science, and my dream has always been to be a CEO of a waste management company.

Favorite book?

Picking Up: On the Streets and Behind the Trucks with the Sanitation Workers of New York City by anthropologist Robin Nagle.

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Noah Moretter

discovered in New York. The first one was found at Farview Gold Course, near Avon, in 1990, while the

were essentially enlarged teeth, which would start to form at birth and continue to grow throughout their

Bloomfield mastodon], whereas with the Farview mastodon, we found the tip of one tusk that’s fairly complete,

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and then a fragmentary portion of the other one,” McIntosh says. “We took a little section out of there and we were able to look at the growth bands. We were able to say that he’s probably twenty years old or so.”

These mastodons’ teeth and bones were also used in determining their age before they died. The Bloomfield mastodon had a worn-out tooth with no roots and a fused back, which indicates that it was an older adult. McIntosh estimates the Farview mastodon to have been younger, while the Bloomfield mastodon was likely in his forties.

In this exhibit, both mastodons are displayed in glass cases for visitors to observe and learn from. Before their extinction, mastodons “ruled the forest” in herds, weighing as much as six tons (12,000 pounds) each.

“Starting about two million years ago they started showing up both in Alaska and as far south as Mexico. They came in by crossing the land bridge, possibly during some interglacial period,” McIntosh says. “Then about 10,000 years ago, they all just went extinct—but they weren’t the only ones.”

Although mastodons and many

other Ice-Age mammals went extinct around the same time, scientists can’t agree on what led to their demise. One theory suggests humans hunted them to extinction.

“There’s no doubt about it that there weren’t people here two million years ago. They weren’t here even 500,000 years ago. Is it just

a coincidence that all these large animals go extinct when people arrive or not?” McIntosh says.

What happened to the mastodons? No one really knows for sure. At RMSC’s dig site, you’ll be able to come up with your own theories, and perhaps crack the case yourself.

TOTAL LENGTH: 16 FEET AVERAGE SHOULDER HEIGHT: 9 FEET, 6 INCHES TUSK LENGTH: 8 FEET Affordable family memberships | rmsc.org How
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Meet Sailor

Eat, swim, and play. That is a typical day for Sailor, one of the North American river otters at the Seneca Park Zoo.

Sailor is sixteen years old. His exact birthday isn’t known because he was born in the wild, but it is still celebrated at the end of winter. He came to the Seneca Park Zoo when he was six years old in 2012 from Alligator Adventure Park in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina—a long trip! He and his friend Ashkii are the only otters at the Seneca Park Zoo.

North American river otters are found throughout Canada and the United States along rivers and near streams or lakes that are bordered by woods and wetlands.

Sailor was named in honor of another otter at the zoo who, unfortunately, passed away, called Admiral. He got his name for flipping onto a black rubber tub and paddling it like a boat captain or admiral. The zookeepers decided to continue the ship theme, and that’s how Sailor got his name.

Sailor gets three meals a day—fish for the morning and afternoon and ground meat for his third meal. North American river otters are piscivores. This means they primarily eat fish. They will also eat small mammals, reptiles, birds, and occasionally fruits and vegetables, too. In addition to his three meals, Sailor also gets plenty of snacks and

treats. This includes clams, scallops, shrimp, soft-shell crab, squid, and even hard-boiled eggs.

Two important features that help Sailor in his environment are his tail and double-fur coat. The North American river otter’s tail is very strong and muscular and almost a third of its body length! It acts like a rudder on a boat to help propel and steer in the water. Their double coat is made up of guard hairs on the outside that helps the soft undercoat stay dry and warm when they are in the cold water. It also traps air bubbles that you can see when Sailor swims underwater.

Some cool fun facts about these cute mammals are that they can dive up to sixty feet, swim up to twelve miles per hour, and hold their breath for up to four minutes! They also have a wide range of sounds they use to communicate like whistles, yelps, growls, screams, and even body posture; they sometimes stand on their hind legs on land.

The best time to visit Sailor is right when the zoo opens at 10 a.m. This is because North American river otters are crepuscular, which means they are more active at dusk and dawn or right when the sun sets and rises. No matter the time, though, Sailor can’t wait for you to stop by and visit him at the Seneca Park Zoo!

Photo, left, by Derek Palmer; photo, right, by Suzie Webster
The North American river otter can’t wait for your visit!
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This article about Sailor is a great way for kids to learn about the North American river otter. Use this article as a base of discussion for your children. Below are some questions and activities for your family.

Q: What kinds of places can you find North American river otters in the wild?

Activity: Search online or at a library to find out the natural habitats of these animals.

Q: What is the purpose of the North American river otter’s double fur coat?

Activity: Do some research and make a list of all the ways these mammals’ double fur coat helps them.

Q: What is the North American river otter’s diet?

Activity: Our article mentions some things that river otters like to eat. Search online or at the library to find other food these cute creatures eat. Can your child draw some of these items?

Q: What kinds of noises do North American river otter’s make?

Activity: Look online for a video of river otters making noises. Make a list of other animals that might make the same sounds. Can your child mimic these sounds?

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28 Spring 2023 | 585kids.com Come have f U N and learn about arts & crafts for kids ages 8-12 Ms. Mason ’s Art Club For more info: www.mmartclub.com Email: MMartclub@rochester.rr.com call 585.872.4779 Programs for children age 3 to teens Kindergarten to Grade 7 harleyschool.org/summer-programs (585) 442-1770 x 1131 For rising 4-year-olds generously supported by the Hess family Nursery to Grade 12 Summer Fun and Learning Supported by the Hess Family THE HARLEY SCHOOL ECO CAMP THE HARLEY SCHOOL ECO CAMP Kindergarten to Grade 4 585.427.9289 • ROCHESTER @THEWARRIORFACTORY.COM 3150 W HENRIETTA RD SUITE 4 • ROCHESTER, NY 14623 LEARN MORE: ROCHESTER.THEWARRIORFACTORY.COM USE CODE ‘585KIDS’ ONLINE FOR A 5% DISCOUNT ACTIVITIES INCLUDE: Training Techniques  Ninja Games Open Gym Play  Obstacle Courses Other Ninja-related Activities NINJA SUMMER CAMPS Half-day  Full-day Ages: 6–8, 9–12, mixed 6–12


What would Easter be without egg hunts? Luckily, we won’t need to find out in 2023, as there is no shortage of hunting events this year.

Starting in Batavia, Prairie Path Park’s lower field, behind Rotolo Middle School will host the city’s free Easter egg hunt on Saturday, April 1 at 10 a.m. for ages two to eight. Bring a basket and say hello to the Easter Bunny while you’re there. For the local older kids, ages nine to twelve, a hunt will take place at dusk on the Mark Twain Trail on Friday, March 31 at 7:15 p.m. Tweens will bring a flashlight, and whoever finds the golden egg wins a prize! Tickets are $15, and registration is required at bataviaparks.org.


Celebrate the start of spring with a mileand-a-half round-trip train ride through the grounds of the Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum in Rush. The museum is hosting rides with the Easter Bunny on Saturday, April 8. Train rides will depart every thirty minutes from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free cookies, juice and coloring books will be gifted to the kids who attend. There will also be refreshments available for purchase.

After the train ride, kids will enjoy an Easter egg hunt on the grounds, as well as a visit and photo opportunity with the Easter Bunny.

And of course, families will also be able to tour New York State’s largest collection of historic trains. In the past fifty years, the museum has preserved more than forty pieces of historic railroad equipment and built a demonstration railroad. The gift shop inside is stocked with souvenirs for all train lovers.

Tickets are $10–16. Children fouryears-old and younger ride free. rochestertrainrides.com


Build a weekend of family fun on April 22 and 23 with BrickUniverse, a LEGO fan expo, at the Rochester Main Street Armory.

Attendees will enjoy participating in the LEGO building zones, featuring handson activities and the chance for LEGO lovers to display their very own work of art at the event.

“Over the years, BrickUniverse has enjoyed supporting local LEGO communities and showcasing talented artists with a lifelong passion for LEGO bricks. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to help share their amazing works of art and passion with LEGO fans of all ages,” says Angela Beights, event organizer.

Beights has been bringing BrickUniverse to the public for the past nine years, featuring award-winning LEGO artists from around the country. Ethen Teeters, a LEGO artist from Orlando, Florida, will be debuting his gallery of lifesize LEGO mosaics at the two-day event in Rochester.

The Rochester LEGO User Group will also be participating in the event, with more than sixty tables showcasing their impressive LEGO creations. Tickets start at $16.45, and children three years old and younger are free. brickuniverseusa.com

In Canandaigua, the Kiwanis Club will host an egg hunt at the school bus loop at Canandaigua Elementary School (96 W Gibson St, Canandaigua, NY 14424) at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 1. Kids will be on the hunt for 9,000 eggs, and the Easter Bunny will there as well! The event will be wheelchair accessible.


Why not two train rides on one list? The Medina Railroad Museum will be hosting a twenty-five-minute train ride with a talking Thomas the Tank Engine on May 20, 21, 27 and 28. In addition to facetime with Thomas, this event includes a meet and greet with Sir Topham Hatt, controller of the railway.

An all-day pass also includes a variety of Thomas & Friends–themed activities including mega blocks, an iPad station, a ride on a Thomas Power Wheels, photo ops, and more. Families will also enjoy bounce houses, live entertainment, a coloring station, lawn games, and more.

Children will receive a digital color pass to track their activities at the event and receive a prize when all are completed.

Train rides depart every forty-five minutes between 9:15 a.m. and 4 p.m. Admission to the Medina Railroad Museum is included with your ticket, where you will find an extensive miniature train layout and additional exhibits.

Tickets start at $22.85. Children under one year old ride free. medinarailroadmuseum.org

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All together now

It may still be spring, but your Monroe County Library System librarians are already thinking about summer. Summer reading, that is! Head to your local library this June to find out how you can participate in a Summer Reading Program. This year’s theme is “All Together Now,” and libraries will feature books and programs about unity, family, and community. To get a head start, check out some of these titles below!


Written by Alexandra Penfold & Illustrated by Suzanne Kaufman Knopf, 2022, hardcover, $18.99

Ages 3–6

A neighborhood full of diversity welcomes a new family to the area through upbeat rhyming text.

Amy Wu and the Warm Welcome

Written by Kat Zhang & Illustrated by Charlene Chua Simon & Schuster, 2022, hardcover, $18.99

Ages 4–8

Amy finds a way to help the new boy at school feel comfortable with a little help from her grandma—and delicious food!

Team Up: El Toro & Friends

Ages 4–8

Yes We Will: Asian Americans Who Shaped This Country

Written by Kelly Yang & Illustrated by various artists Dial, 2022, hardcover, $18.99

A poetic story with brief biographies of eighteen Asian Americans who helped make America what it is today.

Sam’s Super Seats

Written by Keah Brown & Illustrated by Sharee Miller Kokila, 2022, hardcover, $17 99

Ages 6–8

Sam, who has cerebral palsy, goes clothes shopping with her best friends to start off the new school year in style.

MIDDLE GRADE Play Like a Girl

Small Town Pride

Ages 10–12

Jake takes on the challenge of organizing his town’s first pride festival with the help of friends and unlikely allies.

Sweet and Sour

Scholastic, 2022, hardcover, $17.99

Ages 10–12

Two summers ago, Mai’s best friend Zach did something unforgivable—now she plots her revenge.

This Is Not a Drill

Scholastic, 2022, hardcover, $17.99

Ages 10–12


the Third Versify, 2022, hardcover, $9.99

Ages 4–8

When they were small, El Toro and his friends learned to work as a team to master their unique luchadores skills.

Written by Misty Wilson & Illustrated by David Wilson Balzer & Bray, 2022, paperback, $12.99

Ages 8–12

A graphic novel–style memoir about a determined girl who proves she is strong enough to join the boys’ football team.

Ava is stuck in the school bathroom during a real lockdown until her classmates help guide her to safety.

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Two Degrees

By Alan Gratz

Ages 1–14

Three natural disasters befall North America at the same time, connecting four kids who try to help future generations avoid their same life-threatening experiences.


Briarcliff Prep

By Brianna Peppins

Ages 12–18

Avi makes new friends—and learns a secret about her sister’s boyfriend— during her freshman year at boarding school.

The Getaway

By Lamar Giles

Ages 12–18

Jay, his family, and their friends are employees and residents of a luxury theme park, where people go to escape the problems of the world…until a new danger finds them there.

No One is Alone

By Rachel Vincent Bloomsbury,

Ages 14–18

After her mother dies, Michaela learns that she has three half-siblings who she must live with while starting at a new school and confronting her grief.

A Scatter of Light

By Malinda Lo Dutton, 2022,

Ages 14–18

Aria spends the summer before college in California with her grandmother, meeting new people in the queer community and rediscovering herself.

What’s Coming to Me

Francesca Padilla Soho


Ages 14–18

An ice cream stand robbery may actually help Minerva keep her life and finances afloat—or it may cause her more danger.

Camp Stella Maris offers a variety of Camp Maris offers a variety of programs for campers ages 5-16. programs for campers ages 5-16. Located 30 minutes south of Located 30 minutes south of Rochester on Conesus Lake, CSM Rochester on Conesus Lake, CSM offers a safe, caring environment for offers a safe, caring for campers to try new and exciting campers to try new and exciting things. Challenging oneself, making things. Challenging oneself, making new friends, and having fun are new friends, and having fun are what camp is all about! what camp is all about!

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Here’s the scoop

The best handcrafted ice cream around Rochester

Nothing says summer like a refreshing ice cream cone after a long bike ride. In no particular order, here’s the scoop on some of the best ice cream near you and a few places that are worth a drive.

Bruster’s brusters.com

Open year round in Webster and Irondequoit, Bruster’s is known for smooth milkshakes and generous portions of homemade ice cream. Order at the window in person with the friendly staff or place an online order for pickup or delivery. Bruster's also make their own ice cream cakes and pies.

Our favorites: Peanut Butter Cup Sundae and Chocolate Raspberry Truffle

Hedonist Artisan Ice Cream and Chocolates


Located in Rochester’s beautiful South Wedge, Hedonist crafts its own small batch, premium ice cream and sorbet on one side of the shop and offers decadent chocolates on the other. Ice cream for breakfast day was celebrated with a special French Toast flavor. Grab a scoop and check out the murals throughout this fun neighborhood.

Our favorites: Salted Caramel and Cherry Sorbet

Long Acre Farms longacrefarms.com

Head out to Macedon to try a variety of delicious offerings including cider donut ice cream sandwiches, ice cream pies and cakes, cider donut milkshakes, and ice cream flights. Long Acre Farms serves locally made Dar’s Delight hard ice cream. Kids can enjoy climbing on the play area after a cold, creamy treat.

Our favorite: ice cream waffle tacos

The Spotted Duck spottedduck.com

Featuring local and organic ingredients, this frozen custard is worth the drive to Penn Yan. The secret ingredient is the rich duck eggs sourced right there on the farm. Voted best dessert in New York State by Yelp, The Spotted Duck offers frozen custard flights in case you can’t choose just one flavor. Chocolate chip cookies and handcrafted cones are made fresh daily. The kids can ask for “duck sprinkles” to feed the chickens and ducks in the backyard.

Our favorites: Caramelt and Real Cookies and Cream

Molly V’s facebook.com/MollyVsIceCream

This Victor ice cream truck can cater any event or celebration. Named for

the family’s beloved goldendoodle, the truck also sells frozen dog bones made with yogurt, peanut butter, and bananas. Owner Mike Vistocco makes the ice cream and is always inventing new flavors. Molly V’s offers gluten-free and nondairy options as well as alcoholic flavors for the adults.

Our favorites: Mint Oreo and Caramel Brownie

Moonlight Creamery moonlightcreamery.com

Nestled in the village of Fairport, behind the library, Moonlight is the perfect spot to enjoy homemade ice cream on the Erie Canal. Tours are available to learn how the staff makes their ice cream and new flavors are always being invented. Moonlight also serves café drinks, chocolates, pie, and cookies.

Our favorites: To Sow My Wild Oats and Butter Pecan Fudge Ripple

Abbott’s Custard


It wouldn’t be a true list without including this classic treat. This rich, velvety custard is perfect on a cone or in a custom-made cake. Try a delicious turtle with layers of Spanish nuts, fudge, and custard dipped in a chocolate shell. We love the Bushnell’s Basin location but there are over a dozen to choose from.

Our favorites: Chocolate Almond and Vanilla.

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Crooked Lake Ice cream Company


Located in the charming town of Hammondsport, this one is worth the hike. Styled like a classic 1950s diner, Crooked Lake is open all year long for food, ice cream, and coffee. Take your dessert outside to enjoy the great village square and shopping or the breathtaking views of Keuka Lake.

Our favorites: Peanut Butter Pie and Campfire S’mores

Pittsford Farm Dairy


Always a popular destination, this dairy in Pittsford offers a unique variety of food and treats. There is a full bakery, café, ice cream parlor, and merchandise. Try the chocolate milk, egg nog, croissants, cupcakes, and much more. Build your own sundaes and catch live music on a summer night.

Our favorites: Black Raspberry Custard and Pistachio Ice Cream

Lynnie Lou’s lynnielous.com

Visit beautiful Naples for thirty-two flavors of homemade ice cream, custard, smoothies, and ice cream cakes. Churned


Royal Cafe Gelateria, Fairport royalcafegelato.com

Cheshire Farms Creamery, Canandaigua cheshirefarmscreamery.com

Creamcredible, Henrietta creamcredible.com

Yia Yia’s, Williamson facebook.com/yiayiasicecreamshoppe

Twisters, Livonia twisterslivonia.com

weekly at Seneca Farms in Penn Yan, the custards are made fresh daily. Try an old-fashioned shake or a fresh, healthy smoothie made with fruit, yogurt, almond milk, and honey. Every dog gets a free treat at the window!

Our favorites: Mint Chocolate Chip and Cappuccino Crunch

Reminisce Soda Fountain reminiscesodafountain.com

Drive out to Caledonia for a 1950s-style diner featuring a fully operational 1940’s

soda fountain. Offering great food, handdipped ice cream cones, fresh pies, malts, and banana splits.

Our favorites: Classic Root Beer flavored Soda Fountain and Strawberry Milkshake

Here’s to that first perfect cone or dish of the season and the sweet memories that go along with it!

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Eat your vegetables! Stir fry dinners hit the spot

Ithink all parents are constantly trying to get our families (and ourselves) to eat more vegetables. A stir fry is a great way to incorporate veggies into a fast and easy dinner. I often struggle with replicating a tasty sauce or keeping the vegetables from getting too mushy. Keeping everything bite-sized means everyone can see what they are eating, and the quick cooking time in the recipe below means vegetables stay tender. The recipe is delicious and fast-—cooks in about twenty minutes—perfect for a busy weeknight.

Kung Pao Chicken and Veggies

Serves 5–6


Salt and pepper

If you have a picky eater, they may just eat the rice or the chicken. It’s ok, just keep trying—they WILL eat a vegetable one day. You can easily substitute any vegetables that your family likes or whatever you have on hand. One time I added a can of water chestnuts for extra crunch! The chicken can also be swapped out for shrimp, beef, or tofu or chickpeas to make it vegetarian. Try it out—I think this will become a family favorite!

About 3 lbs. boneless skinless chicken thighs cut into bite-sized chunks

3–4 tablespoons olive oil

2/3 cup roasted cashews or peanuts

1 red bell pepper chopped into bite-sized pieces

1 medium zucchini chopped into bite sized pieces

2–3 cups broccoli florets


1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce

1/2 cup water

3 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons hoisin sauce

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoons grated fresh ginger

1/4–1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper chili flakes—more or less depending on heat preference

Cornstarch slurry

2 tablespoons cornstarch or arrowroot powder

2–3 tablespoons water plus more as needed to thin out consistency of sauce


1. Heat a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Add chicken, salt, and pepper. Cook chicken about 2–3 minutes on each side, until browned.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, water, honey, hoisin sauce, garlic, ginger, and red pepper chili flakes. Pour over chicken.

3. Add your vegetables to the chicken. Continue cooking until the vegetables are almost fork tender. (Add the broccoli and peppers a few minutes before the zucchini as they take longer to cook.)

4. Add the sauce and continue cooking until vegetables are tender.

5. Whisk together the cornstarch and water in a small bowl.

6. Add the cornstarch slurry to the wok and cook a few additional minutes until the sauce has thickened up.

7. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onions and serve over rice or quinoa. For more heat, top with siracha, sambal olek, or your favorite chili paste.

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BFFs no more Helping teens through friendship breakups

Friendships between teens can be fickle: one day they’re the best of friends; the next day one of them gives the other the cold shoulder. It’s hard when a former friend disappears from your life. How can parents help their teens through friendship breakups? Here’s what the experts suggest.

Let them express how they feel

The first thing parents should do is to let their teens express how they feel. Parenting coach and author Mercedes Samudio says that parents should create a safe space for their teens to experience the emotions that come with a breakup. “They’ll feel angry and hurt,” she says, “but if they know they have a safe space to explore all their feelings they’re more likely to share them with you.” If your teens feel comfortable sharing how they feel with you, they’re more likely to listen to your suggestions when they’re ready to move on and make new friends.

Be mindful about how you respond

Listen to your teens, but also be mindful of how you respond to what they’re telling you. “If you appear to be overly emotional about the situation,” says youth social worker Jessica Wein, “your child in the future may choose to withhold certain information as means to protect mom/dad from becoming upset.” Keep your emotions under control and listen in as nonjudgmental a way as you can, showing that you understand what they’re going through. The mere fact of knowing that you understand, says child psychologist Dr. Kennedy-Moore, “lightens the burden of big feelings for your child.”

Explain that friendship breakups are normal

Explain to your teens that friendship breakups and the emotional process they are going through are part of. “Remind your child that a friendship breakup isn’t a failure,” says social worker and author of several parenting books, Signe Whitson, “but rather a predictable (albeit painful) part of growing up.” Clinical psychologist Dr. Margaret DeLong adds that parents should emphasize that the end of a friendship doesn’t imply “that there’s something ‘wrong’ with your child or the other child or that it’s anyone’s fault.” Teens may not realize that they and their former friend have simply grown apart or that their former friend has developed new interests and is involved in activities that make them gravitate towards other people.

Encourage them to look for new friends

Encourage your teens to look for new friends and do it by casting as wide a net as possible, and by being open to meeting new people in the neighborhood, at school, and during extracurricular activities like clubs, sports teams, and youth groups. “Parents play an important role in making sure that their kids don’t put all of their nest eggs into a single peer group basket,” says Whitson, “but rather develop genuine relationships with multiple peers and all kinds of friendship groups.” Dr. DeLong agrees: “Help your child to develop relationships in a variety of settings. This way, when your child experiences the loss of a friendship, he or she will have other people to spend time with.”

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The Book Buddies program allows children to practice their reading in a judgment-free zone and can read to the best listeners—cats and other small pets. Book Buddies also helps the animals become better socialized before adoption.

5 p.m. Thursdays

Registration required Lollypop Farm

99 Victor Rd. 223-1330 lollypop.org



Bring your little ones to meet Peter Rabbit and enjoy a round-trip holiday train excursion! There will be an Easter egg hunt and a self-guided tour of the museum at the halfway point. Other children’s activities and concessions will be offered. Restrooms will also be available. Also April 1 & 2

Arcade & Attica Railroad

278 Main St., Arcade 492-3100 aarailroad.com



With more than 2,000 eggs to hunt, this glow-in-the-dark Easter egg hunt will definitely light your kids up. For ages two through fifth grade, your kids can hunt down Easter eggs filled with candy and special prizes. For those who participate in the Sunday service, there will be fun games and activities provided for the children leading up to the event. Register

in advance and have a chance to win a gift basket valued at more than $150. April 9 at 10:30 a.m. & April 10 at 12 p.m. CityHope Wesleyan Church

2070 Long Pond Rd. cityhoperochester.com




RocDog will be bringing therapy dogs to the library to spend time with people of all ages —say hello to the furry friends in the children’s area of the library. Prepare to shed yourself of any unnecessary stress, because petting a dog is good medicine. Drop-ins welcome!



The (585) Kids 2023 Camp and Activity Fair is the perfect way to learn about this summer's activities. This family event will provide you with information about athletic, science-based, outdoor, performing arts camps, and many more summer activities in the area.

11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Eastview Mall

7979 Pittsford Victor Rd., Victor 413-0040 info@585kids.com



Bring the kiddos and spend some time learning about nineteenth-century science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The nineteenth century was full of scientific progress in urban and rural areas. Students will learn about mechanics in farming, engineering in the trades, chemistry in the kitchen, and math in the general store. They can also see the device that led to the first computer in action and build a simple machine.

1–4 p.m.

Genesee Country Village & Museum

1410 Flint Hill Rd., Mumford 538-6822


6:30–7:30 p.m.

Also April 6, May 4 and 18, June 1 and 15 Gates Public Library

902 Elmgrove Rd. 247-6446 gateslibrary.org



Enjoy painting Dungeons and Dragons miniatures with your little ones. Experts from Just Games will guide participants through the process of painting these small figures. This workshop provides all necessary supplies including a miniature to take home. For kids eight years old and up. A parent or guardian must accompany children under sixteen.

3–5 p.m.

Limited admission, registration required

Strong Museum of Play

1 Manhattan Square Dr.

263-2700 museumofplay.org



The Strong Museum of Play will be open exclusively for children with special sensory, developmental, and physical needs. Explore the museum in a

Painting Dungeons and Dragons Miniatures APRIL 22 (585) Kids Camp & Activity Fair APRIL 16
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Book Buddies



Teen/Tween Mother's Day Crafts

comfortable and accepting environment that features fewer guests, light and sound reduction, extra visual safety signage, and designated quiet areas with sensoryfriendly toys. Due to limited space, tickets are required. A visit to the relaxing Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden and rides on the Strong Express Train are included.

8–10 a.m.

Strong Museum of Play

1 Manhattan Square Dr. 263-2700 museumofplay.org



Bring the whole family for a fun and inclusive walk to celebrate diversity and raise awareness for autism. Food and beverages will be provided.

8–10 a.m.

Eastview Mall

7979 Pittsford Victor Rd. 223-3693 eastviewmall.com



The best gifts are always handmade, especially when they are for a parent. These Mother’s Day crafts are great projects for both teens and preteens to work on.

Supplies limited; registration required.

6:30–7:30 p.m.

Gates Public Library

902 Elmgrove Rd.

247-6446 gateslibrary.org



This Tony Award–winning musical is a family favorite. Featuring designs inspired by French pop-up books and spellbinding on-stage illusions, this triumphant Cinderella fits like a glass slipper!

Through June 4

Geva Theatre Center

75 Woodbury Blvd. 232-4382 gevatheatre.org

MAY 12


Get some fresh air, take in the warm weather, and experience the blooming lilacs at the Lilac Festival. The kids will have the time of their lives playing outside and exploring the zipline, bounce houses, and rides in the Kid Zone.

Through May 21

Rochester Lilac Festival Highland Park 473-4482 rochesterevents.com

MAY 13


Ride the rails to celebrate Mother’s Day! Relax and enjoy a trip to Curriers Station as well as a catered brunch by Catered Creations.

11 a. m. Also May 14

Limited seating available Arcade & Attica Railroad

278 Main St., Arcade 492-3100




Pack your binoculars and join the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra for a Symphonic Safari. The RPO will take attendees on an African adventure right here in town. Kids and families just might find an elephant or lion. Sweet and snuggly stuffed animals are not only welcome but encouraged!

2 p.m.

Hochstein Performance Hall

50 N. Plymouth Ave. 454-2100




Bring the whole family for a unique and wonderful experience on the Ride for Missing Children. You will ride two-by-two for fifty to one hundred miles, escorted by the NYS Police and local law enforcement along the route. The ride takes educational rest stops at schools where there will most likely be presentations for the children.

7 a.m.

Registration required

Total Sports Experience

880 Elmgrove Rd. 458-4263

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Ride for Missing Children
Cinderella 25

Ages 8–14

Beginner & Intermediate levels

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Weekly through July & August

All equipment provided $270/week OR $75/day


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900 Panorama Trail S., Rochester, NY 585-385-2420

Store & Play Area: Mon-Fri 9-5 Sat 9-3

High Quality, Low Maintenance Vinyl Clad Wood cricketonthehearth.com

Attica & Arcade Railroad

278 Main Street, Arcade, NY 14009

Step back in time aboard our vintage World War ll-era diesel train excursions in New York State!

Easter Bunny Express

April 1, 2 & 8 at 1pm

The Easter Bunny will be hopping down the Railroad Trail! Kids Easter Egg Hunt, Prizes, and Face Painting. Fun for all ages!

Mother’s Day Brunch

May 13 & 14 at 11am

Celebrate Mom... with a relaxing ride on the Rails! A delicious brunch by Catered Creations at Curriers Station. LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE!

Season Opener— Memorial Day Weekend

May 27, 28 & 29 at 1pm

Embark on a scenic journey through the countryside and farmlands that have remained virtually unchanged since the 1880s. At the Curriers Depot stop, you’re free to explore, look at the engine, take pictures, and talk with the crew.

BUY TICKETS: (585) 492-3100 • aarailroad.com

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