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Save the date for:
Tuesday, April 14 - Sunday, April 19: Anything Goes from the RBTL at the Auditorium Center
Friday, April 17 & Saturday, April 18: Peking Acrobats from the RPO
Saturday, April 18-Sunday, April 19: Alice in Wonderland from TYKEs at the JCC
Friday, April 24: Open House at The Harley School
Saturday, April 25: Springdale Farm Sheep Shearing Festival
Tuesday, April 28: Open House at Cobblestone School
Friday, May 1: Opening Day of Wild Game Safari Tours atHidden Valley Animal Adventure
Saturday, May 2: Imagine RIT annual festival at RIT
Saturday, May 2: Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train at Nazareth College Arts Center
Saturday, May 16: Peter and the Wolf - Performance by the Rochester City Ballet at Nazareth College Arts Center
Prosperity doesn't happen by luck, or chance. It comes from work and wisdom.
I write often about helping kids achieve the habit of living consciously. In the case of money, it's an easy equation: The earlier that your kids learn to work hard and apply deliberate, proven, sober strategies for managing money, the more pitfalls they'll avoid and the more financially secure they'll be. They'll have an easier life.
But what if you haven't, yourself, developed a systematic way of teaching your kids smart money habits?
No problem! Personal finance guru Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze (who just became a first-time mom herself 6 days ago, welcoming daughter Amelia Jane) recently published a book for parents called SMART MONEY SMART KIDS. My review of SMSK is high in the Google rankings when you Google "Smart Money Smart Kids Review," which accounts for it being the most popular article on KidsOutAndAbout across our entire nationwide platform. Especially just after Tax Day, because money is on everyone's minds.
Smart Money Smart Kids helps you teach your kids right from the start how to work hard and manage money well so that they never get themselves in trouble. The strategies that Ramsey and Cruze teach work even if you, yourself, have your own money issues. The book provides practical, hands-on ideas for teaching kids--even very young kids--the pleasure and pride in work, and the art of delaying gratification. And for those who have teens, it's not too late, not at all! Wondering how you can approach your kids' college years debt-free? It's possible!
I had some criticisms of Smart Money Smart Kids, as you'll see when you read the review. But overall, I think its insights are spot-on, practical, and accessible to anyone. Enjoy. (You can buy it on Amazon, or anywhere books are sold.)
Author, Seasons and Reasons: A Parent's Guide to Cultivating Great Kids
2) KidsOutAndAbout Review of Anything Goes from the RBTL
Tuesday evening, I brought my 13-year-old daughter Ella to see the touring production of ANYTHING GOES, which is playing at the Auditorium Theatre in Rochester through this Sunday, April 19. What's the show about? Why the sailor suit? Is Cole Porter the greatest lyricist of the 20th Century? Will your kids like the show? Read my review here.
And then purchase tickets here.
Don't miss your opportunity to support and learn more about the Lima Primary School "Outdoor Classroom" by attending their fundraiser at UNO Victor!
Thursday, April 16th, 2015, All Day, at the UNO Victor location, 7724 Victor Pittsford Road, Victor
Bring in this voucher, or just ask for one at the restaurant, to have up to 20% of your purchase go toward building the next phase of this exciting project for their students! Fundraiser goes ALL day, and is valid on both dine-in and takeout purchases. For more information on this project, please click here. Or just click here to print the flyer.
4) Playing with History: A Family Day this Sunday at George Eastman House
Sunday April 19, 2015 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
History: Photographs by David Levinthal is currently on view at George Eastman House through May 24, and Levinthal will be back in Rochester for Playing with History: A Family Day at George Eastman House this Sunday, April 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn about history and photography through play with photographer David Levinthal, history students from the University of Rochester, and photography students from RIT.
Families can construct their own historical scene with toys and art supplies, and take home a photograph of their creation. Tickets: FREE for kids under 17 (with paid adult admission). $14 general, $12 seniors, $5 students; free to Eastman House members.
One weekend only, April 18 and 19, 2015 at the JCC, 1200 Edgewood Avenue. For tickets, visit www.tykestheatre.org or call 585-461-2000. But don't wait TYKEs shows typically sell out fast! Filled with Lewis Carroll's madcap characters - from the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter to the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts - this intriguing tale about a curious and imaginative young girl has mesmerized readers for generations. Its the perfect self-esteem story for anyone who has ever been on the daring adventure of growing up! Best enjoyed by kids ages 4 and up.
Jeff Tyzik, conductor
The Peking Acrobats
Featuring special guests JIGU! Thunder Drums of China
Continually “pushing the envelope of human possibility” (The New York Post), the astounding contortionists, jugglers, cyclists, and gymnasts of The Peking Acrobats join the RPO for a jaw-dropping visual spectacular that will dazzle and amaze.
As part of the 2015 North American Tour, the Peking Acrobats will be joined by JIGU! Thunder Drums of China. Hailing from the Shanxi Province in China, this world-renowned company of drummers, percussionists, and musicians has thrilled audiences around the globe with awe-inspiring performances. You can purchase tickets here. The drawing is tomorrow.
The Harley School offers Full-Day Kindergarten with after school care. At Harley, children flourish as they learn in a supportive environment led by experienced faculty. Teachers have the flexibility of curriculum and small class size to engage each child and establish a positive foundation for learning. Harley is now accepting applications for Full-Day Kindergarten placements for the 2015-16 academic year. Parents are encouraged to tour the school and schedule their childs classroom visit this spring. Learn more at an Open House on Friday, April 24 at 9 a.m. for all gradesNursery (age 3) to Grade 12. Call 442-1770 or email Ivone Foisy at email@example.com to RSVP. www.harleyschool.org
8) Da Vinci - The Genius exhibit is at the RMSC through May 17!
Da Vinci - The Genius is this spring's exhibit in the Rochester Museum & Science Center's Riedman Gallery. This past week, we here at KidsOutAndAbout.com finally (yes, we know, it's about time) headed over to the exhibit for a look at this cool exhibit about Da Vinci's work and for some nifty hands-on activities. Click here for our photo-heavy review (a picture is worth a thousand words).
Experience the future at Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival. The free annual festival at the Rochester Institute of Technology is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 2 on the RIT campus in Henrietta. Discover nearly 400 interactive presentations, exhibits, research projects, hands-on demonstrations and live performances.
My advice: Make your plans NOW for May 2 so you can make sure to allocate several hours to Imagine RIT! Even if the weather is chilly, there are fantastic indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family. Plan your day at www.rit.edu/imagine.
10) Our Albany editor, Katie Beltramo, was in Rochester last week with her two 'tween daughters for a girl-power weekend that included a stop at the Susan B. Anthony House and an overnight stay at the brand-new Hilton Garden Inn Downtown Rochester. The Hilton Garden Inn features a bee-YOU-tee-ful new pool as well as lovely rooms, so if you ever have out-of-town guests who need a place to stay or if you're just looking for a fabulous Rochester-centric weekend getaway, check out Katie's review of the Hilton Garden Inn (which will also tell you just which light fixtures she fell in love with there).
Oh, and of course Katie wrote about her weekend visit here and to Seneca Falls, and published it in an article called Destination: Girl Power on her blog Capital District Fun. In it, she also reviews our Ethiopian restaurant Zemeta and then Hedonist Artisan Ice Cream.
KidsOutAndAbout staffers explore our local libraries the way some people travel to museums with great anticipation. So there's nothing we love more than celebrating the contributions of our nation's libraries and librarians with our annual National Library Week spotlight.
Check out the KidsOutAndAbout directory of local libraries, and explore a new one this week!
12) This week's Seasons and Reasons Parenting Minute: The Myth of the Perfect Parent
Sometimes, KidsOutAndAbout readers browse through these newsletters and feel guilty. Yes, GUILTY. Guilty that they're not doing it all... and that the perfect parent would.
Well, in this week's Seasons and Reasons Parenting Minute, our publisher, Debra Ross, dispels the Myth of the Perfect Parent. A mom does not measure her worth as a parent by completing some imaginary checklist as she races her family from the art museum to a sports activity to a planetarium to the library. Rather, good parents work within the rhythms of the life of their family so that their kids are gradually exposed to a wide range of activities over the course of their childhoods, not over the course of a weekend. Click here for this week's one-minute video, The Myth of the Perfect Parent.
13) Giveaway! We have a terrific giveaway!
Win tickets to see Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train LIVE at Nazareth College Arts Center on Saturday, May 2!
Jim Henson’s Dinosaur Train LIVE!: Buddy’s Big Adventure is coming to Nazareth College Arts Center on Saturday, May 2! This show brings the beloved stars of the hit PBS series to the stage for the first time. This exciting, original, musical story features lush projected backgrounds, magical special effects that fill the theater, a full-sized replica of the Dinosaur Train, unique hybrid puppeteered characters, and an engaging live host. Through interactivity, music, and laughter,Jim Henson’sDinosaur Train LIVE!: Buddy’s Big Adventure will have kids up and dancing in the aisles.
Win a family four-pack of tickets by emailing your name, address, and phone number firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject My family wants to see Dinosaur Train!
Click here to get to our giveaway page to learn how to enter giveaways!
Thursday, April 16: Springtime Read to Annie at Brighton Memorial Library. Our favorite therapy shih-tzu Annie is ready to celebrate spring with reading! Bring in or pick out your favorite springtime story to read to Annie. Call 784-5300 or stop in the Children's Center to register.
Thursday, April 16: Pajama Storytime at Chili Public Library. For children of all ages with an adult. Join us for an evening storytime in your pajamas and with your favorite stuffed friend! No registration required.
Thursday, April 16: Rochester Public Market--Regular Market Day at City of Rochester Public Market. The Rochester Public Market is open Tuesdays and Thursdays (6 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Saturdays (5 a.m. to 3 p.m.) 52 weeks a year. The Market offers a huge array of produce and food products, many from local growers.
Friday, April 17: Rochester City Ballet "Peter and the Wolf" Bookfair at Barnes & Noble Booksellers/Pittsford. Rochester City Ballet "Peter and the Wolf" Bookfair
Friday, April 17: Arcadia Music Theater presents Disney The Little Mermaid at Greece Arcadia High School Music Theater. Greece Arcadia Music Theater has been selected by Disney to pilot one of the first full scale high school productions of the Broadway Musical The Little Mermaid. Five schools Worldwide have been chosen for this honor.
Friday, April 17: The Secret Garden at Nazareth College Arts Center. Musical adaptation of the Frances Hodgson Burnett novel. With music by Lucy Simon. Featuring such songs as "How Could I Ever Know" and "There's a Girl," The Secret Garden is a haunting and poignant piece that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Friday, April 17: Open Gym Every Friday 6:30PM- Drop Off Kids! at Sports Academy Victor. Come play on all of our Gymnastics equipment! We have trampolines, tumble tracks, mats and even a foam pit! We have a 3,000 square foot turf room to practice ball sports or play dodgeball or basketball. Kids have a ton of fun and stay fit.
Friday, April 17: Animal Tales Drop-In Story Time at Lollypop Farm at Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester. Enjoy a animal-themed story or two and a humane education component from Lollypop Farm!
Saturday, April 18: Party for the Planet at Seneca Park Zoo. April 18: Party for the Planet: Enjoy family-friendly activities, touch table stations and animal experiences during the Zoos celebration of the Earth.
Saturday, April 18: Saturday Night Skate: A skating party for people of all ages! at Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex. Disco Roller Skating party in Solid State Arena set to hits of the 70's and 80's, a forty foot effects screen and the ROC City Roller Derby! Roller skates available to rent. 98 PXY Teen Ice Skating party to today's hit music!
Saturday, April 18: "Aqualicious" Storytime at Barnes & Noble, Mall at Greece Ridge. Join us for Storytime and activities featuring Aqualicious. Pinkalicious and her family go on a trip to the beach for a day of sun, fun and sand castles! Find out all of the pink, amazing things to do at the seashore.
Saturday, April 18: Learn to go Orienteering at Black Creek Park at Rochester Orienteering Club (ROC). Orienteering is a sport that combines racing/walking with navigation! It's a timed race where participants use a map to navigate through the terrain & visit control points in order. It's up to you in what direction you'll take to get to each control!
Saturday, April 18: STEM-a-palooza at Girl Scouts of Western New York. Join your fellow Girl Scouts to explore the fun worlds of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Girls will spend time visiting STEM hands-on activity stations presented by female role models who currently work in a STEM career.
17) SUNDAY HIGHLIGHTS (Lots more here)
Sunday, April 19: Best of the Fest at The Strong Museum. Throughout April, The Strong will host Best of the Fest, a collection of 39 award-winning, creative, and educational short films selected from the Rochester International Children's Film Festival archives.
Sunday, April 19: Alice in Wonderland at TYKEs (Theatre Young Kids Enjoy). A dreama storyan adventure! This brand new version of the zany, fantastical tale of Alice in Wonderland bursts to life onstage for audiences of all ages to savor.
Sunday, April 19: Drop Off for Board Game and Card Game Swap at Brighton Memorial Library. Drop off gently used and complete family board or card games any day in April at the Childrens Center. Each person who brings in a board or card game will get a voucher for early admission on swap day, Saturday, May 2. Click for more info!
Sunday, April 19: Rush-Henrietta Athletic Association Fundraiser at UNO Henrietta at UNO Chicago Grill - Henrietta. Come support a fundraiser to benefit Rush-Henrietta Athletic Association!
18) Our fictional families that take their kids to activities based on their particular interests.
Here is what they are up to this weekend.
The Walker family focuses on health and physical fitness.
Friday: Family Fun Nights at YMCA- Westside (Gates)
Saturday: Basic First Aid for Children at Penfield Recreation
Sunday: Row for Community Erg-a-thon Challenge at Random Adventures in Upstate NY and beyond!
The Bravo Family loves the arts.
Friday: The Peking Acrobats at Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO)
Saturday: Alice in Wonderland at TYKEs (Theatre Young Kids Enjoy)
Sunday: Family Day: Playing with History at George Eastman House
This is the Woods Family. They love nature and the great outdoors.
Friday: Teen Poetry Writing Contest at Monroe Branch Library
Saturday: Teen Night at Seneca Park Zoo
Sunday: Field & Stream Kids Clinic: Rubber Band Guns at Field and Stream
The Smart family focuses on educational and cultural activities.
Friday: Story Time with Miss Kim at Charlotte Branch: Rochester Public Library
Saturday: Educator Appreciation Week at Barnes & Noble Booksellers/Pittsford
Sunday: What Were They Thinking? Display at The Strong Museum
The Wall Family prefers indoor activities.
Friday: Eastman Evening Concert at The Strong Museum
Saturday: Earth Day Craft for Kids at the Walworth Library at Walworth-Seely Public Library
Sunday: 6x6x2015 Submissions at Rochester Contemporary Art Center
Congratulations to all Rochester-area organizations who made the list of our Top 20 Places to Take Rochester Kids!
2014's Top 10:
1. Strong National Museum of Play
2. Seneca Park Zoo
3. TYKEs Theatre
4. Rochester Museum & Science Center
6. My local library
7. Lollypop Farm
8. Stokoe Farms
9. Genesee Country Village & Museum
Click here to find out who won in each category!