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October 30, 2014
Upcoming FREE events: 869 of them!
Master Guide to Fall Fun
Halloween - Fun stuff
Halloween - Scary stuff
Review of Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventure Park
Save the date for:
November 2: Raise the Roof! at Lillian's Restaurant & Party House
November 2: Family fun fundraiser for Golisano Children's Hospital at Nola's BBQ
November 8: 'I Can Be' Career Day at Girl Scouts of WNY. Register by 10/23
November 8 & 9: Fly Guy and other Stories from TYKEs Theatre
November 9: Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band at Nazareth Arts Center
November 15: Rochester Children's Book Festival
November 15-16: In Another Galaxy Weekend at Strong Museum
November 22: West Side Story opens from RAPA
November 28-30: The Nutcracker at the Eastman Theatre
December 13: Doug & Gary's 25th Reunion Concert at Nazareth Arts Center
In honor of Halloween, I thought I’d write about guts. I love guts.
No, I don’t mean a pumpkin’s slimy insides, and I don’t mean courage, either (though both are lovely and important in their proper context). When I say “I love guts,” it means that I love knowing things from the inside out.
When I was a kid, I was acutely aware that I didn't know all kinds of things: I didn't know how buildings were built; how books were manufactured; how radio and TV stations sent sound over those invisible airwaves; what stocks and bonds represented; how electricity was generated, stored, or transmitted to my bedroom outlet; or how an entrepreneur might start a business.
I didn't just not know these things: I had the sense that they were utterly closed to me. I felt somehow that I wasn't meant to know them, that good people simply traveled through life on whatever narrow little path destiny placed them. I’m not sure why I thought this, but it definitely held me back.
My personal Magic Horizon-Expanding Moment came in 1992, after college, when I first saw the guts of a mail-order business--a huge warehouse full of stuff and the teams of people who managed it all. Suddenly, I realized that no knowledge on earth was closed to me. “Knock, and it will be opened unto you” became real for the first time, and I became a Person Who Knocks.
I think these days that the internet has cracked open the world for kids much sooner than it did for those in my generation: Now, YouTube, Google, HowStuffWorks.com, and free podcasts on every subject are available at the tap of a screen. Unlike when we were young, our kids can hold a device in their hand and ask it any question, and whammo, six seconds later, a clipped but pleasant woman named Siri tells them the answer, or recommends where to fine it.
Even though technology has given us the incredible gift of instant gratification, I nevertheless think that parents play a critical role in getting and keeping kids engaged in the quest for answers. Parents who joyfully say, “Let’s find out!” set their kids up for success by opening the window to the world; parents who yawn and grumble “How should I know?” set kids up to expect doors to slam in their faces. So as much as you can, teach your kids to knock on the doors to the rooms that hold the guts. Then encourage them to wander in and get messy, because guts are awesome. They hide endless treasure.
--Debra Ross, Publisher
2) 2) The Circus is in town! That's right, Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Built to Amaze, is at the Blue Cross Arena through Sunday! Our Managing Editor, Kathleen McCormack, took her family last night. Here is the first part of what she has to say:
This show is called Built to Amaze, the 143rd edition of the Greatest Show on Earth. Built to Amaze is inspired by a construction theme with dump trucks, hydraulic lifts, safety cone people on stilts, and clowns slipping and sliding in paint.
What if you went last year? Is it all just the same old stuff? Kathleen says: No recycling here. Every act was unique from last year’s Legends show. Hang on to your seats for...
3) Tell your kids that Halloween doesn't have to be over after tomorrow! Attend the Costume Party For Golisano Children's Hospital Playroom and Christmas Toy Fundraiser on Sunday! This fun event is open to all, and takes place this Sunday, November 2, from 1-4pm at Nola's BBQ at 4775 Lake Ave in Rochester. This fundraiser is a costume party; pay per activity! Please help the Children in the hospital have a nice Christmas too! Activities: 50/50 Split - $10 for 5 tickets; Basket Auction; Kids Face Painting; Kids Glitter Tattoos; Bake Sale; Bounce Houses (Weather permitting); Arts and Crafts Activities; Make Your Own Candy Apple; Popcorn Stand; Cotton Candy; Balloon Animals; Food will be provided by Nola's BBQ: Pulled pork sandwiches - $5 and pizza slices $3.
5) Have you stocked up on Halloween candy yet? Well, wait! Before you do, our Albany editor, Katie Beltramo, would like you to consider options Beyond Candy this year. Can you delight trick-or-treaters without stuffing those little faces? Katie says yes, and she's got some great ideas on how to do it! And your kids' dentist will thank you!
6) We love discovering wonderful NEW picture books, and we bet you do, too! Katie recently published a second cool Halloween article: She led our KidsOutAndAbout editors around the country on a quest for their most beloved Halloween Favorites. Whether you're looking for a story that's scary or soothing, and whether you're reading to a baby or even a teen, we've got Fourteen Frightfully Fabulous Halloween Read-Aloud Books for you! Find them in your local library, at your local bookstore, or hunt them down on Amazon in time for the holiday!
Note: You can also enter to win Fly Guy tickets on our Giveaway page. If you purchase your tickets but then subsequently win, you'll receive a refund!
A high-energy concert for kids! Winner of a Latin Grammy Award for Best Children's Album, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band was also named Best New Children's Artist by USA Today and Best Kids Band by CBS-TV. People Magazine named their CD A Potluck the #1 Cool Kids Album of the Year and Coca-Cola chose their song Falling for the company's national summer campaign. The group, starring Lucky Diaz and Alisha Gaddis, combines clever lyrics with irresistibly fresh pop beats to create a catchy indie-music sound, and the songs on their five acclaimed and award-winning recordings explore the wonder and joy of childhood.
Your kids want to go to this concert! For more information or to purchase tickets, click here. This show, too, has a giveaway; see our giveaway page.
10) Monday, November 10: Safe Toy Event Nov 10 at the RMSC: Buying toys this holiday season? Learn to choose safer, environmentally friendly toys. Purchasing toys can be overwhelmingthere are so many choices and so many hot toys listsits hard to know whats best. You dont have to spend a lot of money or time finding eco-healthy, environmentally friendly toys if you know what to look for and what to avoid. Attendees will leave with free gifts and an understanding of how to navigate toy labels and information to choose eco-healthy toys. The first 50 to register will be entered to win a gift basket full of eco-healthy products!
11) Saturday, November 15: Totally can't wait for this year's RCBF! The 18th Annual Rochester Children’s Book Festival is just two weeks away on Saturday, November 15, 10am - 4pm. This FREE event is held in the Flynn Building at the Henrietta Campus of Monroe Community College. Parking is free, ample, and just a few steps away. Over 40 authors and illustrators of children’s literature will sign books for children, middle school students and teens. Authors and illustrators will present on the topic of craft in writing and illustrating, and will read their own picture books. Families can make crafts related to new releases in Busy Bookworm Place.
This week's featured author is actually a duo:
Mary Jane and Herm Auch have written and co-illustrated a number of punny, poultry-inspired picture books. The most recent are Souperchickenand The Plot Chickens. Mary Jane Auch is also the award-winning author of One-Handed Catch, a Texas Bluebonnet choice; Wing Nut, a Bank Street Best Children’s Book; Ashes of Roses, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; Guitar Boy, and her newest novel, One Plus One Equals Blue. Meet MJ and Herm at this year's RCBF!
12) Golden Legacy: 65 Years of Golden Books at the Memorial Art Gallery through Jan 4.
Fifty-seven masterpieces of original illustration art from American publishing’s best loved and most important picture-book series, Little Golden Books. Launched in 1942—the first full year of America’s involvement in the Second World War—Little Golden Books made high-quality illustrated books available at affordable prices for the first time to millions of young children and their parents. This exhibit will be at the Memorial Art Gallery through January 4.
Among the artists who have contributed to the ambitious series are Garth Williams, Eloise Wilkin, Elizabeth Orton Jones, Richard Scarry and Bob Staake. Selected from the vast Random House archive will be examples from such picture-book classics as Tootle, I am a Bunny, The Kitten Who Thought He Was a Mouse, The Color Kittens and I Can Fly. During the exhibit, join a variety of distinguished, notable, noteworthy, and nearly famous members of the community who will be picking their favorite Golden Books for a read aloud. Click here for more details.
13) Adventure is waiting.
With fun and discovery at every turn, Cub Scouting makes the most of right now and provides children a foundation they can stand on to embrace opportunity, overcome obstacles, and make new discoveries. Imagine your son's excitement of racing a Pinewood Derby Car that he made with you. And when that car races down the track, he's cheering it on while you're cheering him on. And both of you celebrate his achievement. That's Cub Scouting fun family experiences. More adventure is waiting for your son: Camp outs. Making new friends. Catching fish. Gaining Confidence. Playing sports. Working together. Discovering trails. Having fun. Begin your adventure today at BeAScout.org or call 585-244-4210.
14) We've got giveaways! Family four-packs of tickets !
- Tickets to this coming weekend's Zombie Prom: The Musical
- Tickets to Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band at Naz
- Tickets to Fly Guy and other stores at TYKEs Theatre Nov 9
- Golden Legacy: 65 Years of Golden Books exhibit opening at the MAG
16) THURSDAY HIGHLIGHTS (Lots more here):
Thursday, October 30: Baby Boo House at Best Foot Forward . A not so scary time filled with endless Halloween Fun. A fund raiser for Cobblestone Arts Center for persons with developmental disabilities.
Thursday, October 30: Pumpkin Hollow at Gro-Moore Farms: Free Daily Activities at Gro-Moore Farms. A wide variety of games, crafts and other activities. Daily activities for up-to-3rd-graders are free, some weekend activities have an extra fee.
Thursday, October 30: Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus presents Built to Amaze at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. Tickets include All-Access Pre-show where Children Of All Ages are invited down to the show floor to try on costumes, learn circus skills, meet the performers and get their picture taken with the clowns!
17) FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTS (Lots more here)
Friday, October 31: Halloween Double Feature at the Library at Gates Public Library. Stop in at the library and watch Frankenstein from 1:30 - 3:00 PM, and The Bride of Frankenstein from 3:00 - 4:15 PM; shown on our large screen. You may also find some treats here as well; popcorn, candy and soda!
Friday, October 31: Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus presents Built to Amaze at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. Tickets include All-Access Pre-show where Children Of All Ages are invited down to the show floor to try on costumes, learn circus skills, meet the performers and get their picture taken with the clowns!
Friday, October 31: Mark's Haunted Garage 2014 at Mark's Haunted Garage. Mark's Haunted Garage is a small, spooky haunted house that is open on Halloween Night. There is no blood, gore, or profanity, so it is appropriate for children of any age as long as they are able to handle the spooky atmosphere.
Friday, October 31: Toddler Trick-or-Treat Party at The Strong Museum. Halloween activities and prizes for the littlest trick-or-treaters. Meet favorite storybook characters, dance to Halloween tunes, and play games from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Included with general museum admission fees.
Friday, October 31: Free Youth Admission Day at the Seneca Park Zoo at Seneca Park Zoo. To help you enjoy your Zoo adventure even more, there will be special admission on select days in 2014 where you'll receive ONE free youth admission with ONE paid adult.
18) SATURDAY HIGHLIGHTS (Lots more here)
Saturday, November 1: NANOvember Community Day Open House at Smart System Technology & Commercialization Center of Excellence. Families, join us for our second annual open house and tour of STC's semiconductor facility!
Saturday, November 1: The Great Candy Exchange at Spotlight Studios at Spotlight Theatre Arts. You probably gathered tons of candy on Halloween. Did you get a bunch you don't like? What's the best way to remedy that situation? Trade it!
Saturday, November 1: Play for the Piersons fundraiser-- Out of this Galaxy Party- Meet & Greet Star Wars characters! at The Sandbox Indoor Playground & Consignment. Meet & Greet the Star Wars characters and help raise money for fallen officer, Daryl Pierson's children.
Saturday, November 1: Family Farm Fun at Long Acre Farms. Family Farm Fun can be shared by all!Every Saturday and Sunday now till Nov 1 - 10:00a - 6:00p and Columbus Day (Oct 13)Corn Maze, Hay Rides, Back 40, Corn Cannon, Animal Tracks Maze, Grill, Ice Cream,CIder Donuts, Pumpkin Fudge and lots more.
Sunday, November 2: Golisano Children's Hospital Playroom and Christmas Toy Fundraiser at Nola's BBQ at Golisano Children's Hospital Fundraiser. 50/50 Split, Basket Auction, Kids Face Painting, Kids Glitter Tattoos, Bake Sale, Bounce Houses - Weather permitting, Arts and Crafts, Popcorn Stand, Cotton Candy, Balloon Animals, Pulled pork sandwiches and pizza slices
Sunday, November 2: Raise the Roof! at The Synthesis Collaborative. A family-friendly event at Lilian's Restaurant & Party House, 2200 Penfield Rd., Penfield, NY 14526. This fundraiser supports a local veteran and his family to replace their deteriorated roof.
Sunday, November 2: Grand Re-Opening of Aerial Arts of Rochester Circus School at Aerial Arts of Rochester. Come celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of Aerial Arts of Rochester Circus School. Take a tour of the new facility and enjoy aerial demonstrations, enter raffles and win prizes! Take advantage of birthday party and class discounts.
Sunday, November 2: Fall Food Drive & Fundraiser at Rochester Academy of Music & Arts. Local music school teams with the nonprofit organization Foodlink to raise funds and food for those struggling with hunger.
20) 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: Fright Night at Horizon Fun FX in Greece! at Horizon Fun FX
Saturday: Rock n' Skate at Village Sports
Sunday: Grand Re-Opening of Aerial Arts of Rochester Circus School at Aerial Arts of Rochester
The Bravo Family loves the arts.
Friday: Rhythm Connect--Drum with Me! Parent Child Class at Rhythm Connect
Saturday: Fall Food Drive & Fundraiser at Rochester Academy of Music & Arts
Sunday: Halloween Celebration Chamber Music Concert at Society for Chamber Music in Rochester
This is the Woods Family. They love nature and the great outdoors.
Friday: Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus presents Built to Amaze at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey
Saturday: Family Farm Fun at Long Acre Farms
Sunday: Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus presents Built to Amaze at Blue Cross Arena
The Smart family focuses on educational and cultural activities.
Friday: BENEFIT TOY SALE at YMCA - Southeast (Pittsford)
Saturday: DINOSAURS: Giants of Patagonia Giant-screen Film at Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC)
Sunday: Lyric's Library Concert
The Wall Family prefers indoor activities.
Friday: Toddler Trick-or-Treat Party at The Strong Museum
Saturday: Not-So-Scary Animals at The Barn Owl
Sunday: STAGES presents Zombie Prom the Musical at Stages (A Magical Journey Thru Stages)
Congratulations to all Rochester-area organizations who made the list of 2014's Top 20 Places to Take Rochester Kids!
2014's Top 20:
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
11. Jungle Jolt
12. Rochester Children's Theatre
13. Jump Club
15. Darien Lake Amusement Park
16. Wild Wings Nature Center at Mendon Ponds
17. Jewish Community Center
18. Brown's Berry Patch
19. Wickham Farms
20. Clubhouse Fun Center
Click here to find out who won in each category!