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Rochester Family Newsletter
Thursday, April 17, 2014

Upcoming FREE events (628 of them!)

Upcoming performances and concerts
Top 20 Places to Take Kids in Rochester
Easter Egg Hunts
2014 Summer Camp Calendar

Save the date for:

April 19: Egg Hunt at Clubhouse Fun Center
April 26: Building Community through Dance at Penfield High School

April 27: Rochester Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony
May 2-4: WeePeats Consignment Sale
May 3: Imagine RIT festival
May 3: Fairport Spring Fling
May 3-4: Long Acre Farms opening weekend
May 17: Seabreeze opening day
May 17-18: Cinderella from the RCB at Nazareth College Arts Center

Dear KidsOutAndAbout readers:

Summer camps when we were growing up were so different than what they are today, don't you think?

In New Jersey in the early 80s (at least so far as I was aware), we pretty much had two options for camp: Girl Scout Camp and Boy Scout Camp. (Okay, make that one option for camp.) Even though there were some specialty subjects that you could choose, when you went to camp you were going to camp. For, you know, the "camp experience." 

I went for a week the summer after 7th grade, and I hated it. Here are the three images that remain in my head more than 30 years after Girl Scout Camp: walking down the path to the mess hall holding your hands over your head so the gnats would congregate there instead of around your face; realizing afresh each evening that the tents had no sides, so that any old spider or snake could creep or slither in and snuggle into your sleeping bag; and learning the dirty lyrics to common nursery rhymes (remember, this was Jersey in 1982). Ah, cultural literacy.

Nowadays, thanks be to goodness, camp is an entirely different enterprise, both for Girl Scouts and everyone else. Whether we send our kids to camp as a fun replacement for school/day care, or because we've found a great program where they can learn something they'd never learn in school, or because they, too, are craving a traditional overnight camp experience (let's hope, different from mine), we have tons of options. The market responded to the need, and kids look forward to the summer even more than they used to.
 
Our area has LOADS of opportunities for camp. And of course, we have accumulated them! Each camp can post its own programs easily to our site (and for free!), so there are a lot to choose from. Parents shop either for specific time periods or for specific subjects, and our main Week by Week Guide to Summer Camps 2014 accommodates both.

We thought we'd shortcut you this week with easy links to camp subject pages, just so you can see some of the options and start discussing them with your kids.
 

 

For those who are celebrating this week, Happy Pesach and Happy Easter!
 

Enjoy the end of Spring Break!

Debra Ross
Publisher, KidsOutAndAbout.com

 

2) One of a parent's innumerable jobs is to help kids gradually acquire the skills they need to be financially independent adults. But even if the parent herself is rock-solid on finances, it's hard to know how to backtrack and teach the long-term habits that ultimately make a person financially worry-free. A useful guide is about to hit the stands: SMART MONEY SMART KIDS is written from the dual perspective of financial guru Dave Ramsey and his adult daughter Rachel Cruze. The book provides step-by-step strategies to help kids learn responsible money management. Small wins with money now can lead to big wins with money later! My review sets the stage for what kind of advice the book provides: If you are already sold on working hard, living without debt, and building wealth, the book provides practical advice for how to convey these habits to kids. If you yourself are struggling with financial issues, SMART MONEY SMART KIDS can change YOUR life at the same time as you set your kids up to win with money. Click here for my review.

P.S. I also found a special link: If you pre-order the book before its release date (April 22), you can get $50 worth of bonus products. My review contains the details.


3) IT'S EASTER! Egg hunts are still going strong. KidsOutAndAbout's big list of Easter events, egg hunts, bunny hunts, and breakfasts is here: Easter Events and Egg Hunts.

This weekend's Easter highlights:

Thursday, April 17: Easter Egg Extravaganza!! at Irondequoit Library (Pauline Evans Branch - West). Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 19: 11th Annual Easter Egg Hunt - age 12 and under to benefit a family in need at Clubhouse Fun Center . EASTER IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!!! April 19 is Clubhouse Fun Center's annual egg hunt for age 12 and under that benefits a local family in need. $3 entry fee gets you a fabulous, age-appropriate egg hunt with terrific prizes.

Saturday, April 19: Easter Egg Hunt for RMSC Members Only at Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). Hippity hoppity, Easter's on its way! Come get in the Easter spirit with us at the RMSC.

Saturday, April 19: Alyssa’s Angels Easter Egg Hunt at Chili Public Library. Held in memory of 6-year-old Alyssa Rose Bruno, who died of cancer in 2006. Donations will be accepted to benefit Alyssa's Angels. Those who wish to participate are asked to bring one dozen stuffed Easter eggs per child. Martin Road Park, Henrietta

Saturday, April 19: Community Easter Egg Hunt at Red Bird, Red Bird Preschool. Webster Assembly of God (location of Red Bird, Red Bird Preschool) is holding their first annual community Easter Egg Hunt! Tons of prizes, over 500 eggs, gift cards raffled, candy, and more!

Saturday, April 19: Easter Egg Coloring the Natural Way at Mooseberry Soap Company. Join us on Saturday morning for natural easter egg coloring. We have brown eggs so do bring some white ones, if you have them. They color better! Have Breakfast or Lunch with Live Music from 9 until 12 from our cafe menu. Watch the Soap Making.

Saturday, April 19: The Sandbox Eggstravaganza! at The Sandbox Indoor Playground & Consignment. Pick an egg from our prize basket and win a prize! Everyone is a winner!

Saturday, April 19: Webster Kiwanis Egg Hunt at The Sandbox Indoor Playground & Consignment. Annual Easter egg hunt in Kent Park!

Saturday, April 19: Town of Gates Egg Hunt at Gates Recreation & Parks Department. Egg hunt! Face painting! Charlie & Checkers Magic Show! Humane Society animals! Event is indoor. Gates residents only.

Saturday, April 19: Easter Event at Seymour Library, Brockport. Have some Easter-themed fun at the library. We’ll have crafts, games, and more in the children’s room. Registration is requested.

Saturday, April 19: Easter Egg Hunt with the Easter Bunny at Expressive Beginnings Child Care. Please join us for an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday April 19th! We will have 4 different start times in 4 different locations based on ages (details below) beginning at 10am. The Easter Bunny will be there with special treats and to greet our guests!!

Saturday, April 19: Easter Treats and Egg Hunt at Tops Cooking School. Cooking class and egg hunt

Saturday, April 19: Easter Service for Families with Special Needs Saturday April 19th at Christ Church Pittsford. A fun filled church service for families with special needs children.

Sunday, April 20: Easter at The Melting Pot - Rochester at The Melting Pot Restaurant. Join us Easter Sunday for fondue, family, and fun!

Sunday, April 20: Easter Sunday Brunch and Easter Egg Hunt at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure. Easter Sunday Brunch will be served at The Lodge April 20 from 11am-4pm. A special Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 10:30am and 1:30pm.


4) Save the date for August 2 and 3Genesee Country Village & Museum is proud to announce the special guest coming this summer for the annual Laura Ingalls Wilder weekend, the one-and-only Melissa Sue Anderson, who played Mary Ingalls on "Little House on the Prairie!" This is a rare appearance for Ms. Anderson, and the first time The Genesee Country Village & Museum has had the honor of hosting her! She will be on campus both days of the event for a presentation at noon on the village square with Q&A from the audience. Ms. Anderson will also be available for an autograph session from 2pm to 4pm each afternoon of the event on August 2nd & 3rd. Laura Ingalls Wilder weekend is one of the most fun-filled of the action-packed weekends offered at the museum.  For more information, please click here
 

5) Experience the future at Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival. The free festival is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 3 on the RIT campus.

Discover nearly 400 interactive presentations, exhibits, research projects, hands-on demonstrations and live performances. Plan your day at 
www.rit.edu/imagine.

 

6) MORE THAN JUST A SUMMER CAMP: Trinity Montessori's World Wonder Workshops.
 A one of a kind summer program! Unique and exciting! Talented professionals from New York and beyond entertain and educate through a series of  World Wonder Workshops. These workshops are guided by a group of professionals and masters of the arts. This includes local musicians, dancers, chefs and athletes, as well as nationally recognized performers. Each week is dedicated to a hands-on, dynamic and energetic set of workshops that are used to EDUCATE THROUGH PLAY. Art, sciences, local food and culture, engineering, rock n’ roll, sports, outdoor games, aikido, breakdancing, capoeira, imagination, exploration, photography, animation, theater and water play.


7) Attention parents of kids with ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, and other learning disorders: On Saturday, April 26 from 9am-12pm, Drs. Joe Manza, Sarah Pace, & Jackie West will be presenting a lecture at Monroe Community College on brain and nervous system function and their critical roles for social, motor and academic learning. Learn about drug-free treatment options for kids with these issues that can help “turn on the lights” to their nervous system and allow them to reach their full learning potential! Great for parents and teachers! The price is only $20. Phone 585-334-7555 to reserve your seat, or reserve it online at this link. Space is limited. The first 50 people to register will be entered to win various raffle prizes! Monroe Community College, Building 8 Room 200.


8) I and Youa new play for teens and adults, is at Geva Theatre Center's Nextstage though April 27 (except Mondays). Every teen in Rochester should see this play! There are a few instances of mildly strong language and some references to sexuality, but really the reason the play is designed for age 13+ is that it deals in a very close (rather than abstract) way with mortality, and how death might seem to a teen in need of a liver transplant. (Bring a hankie.) KidsOutAndAbout has a great deal for you and your teen! For every adult ticket purchased, you can get a ticket for a teen for only $10! Click here for details. Just mention Kids Out And About when you call the box office at 232-GEVA, and they will tell you all of the available deals. A great way to wind up spring break!

9) Tennis at Midtown is a great way to get your kids playing a sport of a lifetime.  Midtown’s fun and knowledgeable staff sets out to make meaningful and enjoyable experiences on court for players 7 days a week through instructional classes and play events.  Through the use of modified equipment and courts, Midtown provides an environment where kids can experience success on the court.  This allows them to learn more about the game of tennis quicker than with traditional teaching methods.  Which results in more fun for the kids, more fun for the family and a sport they can truly play for a lifetime. Click here for the program guide.


10) WIN STUFF on our Giveaway Page !

  • Tickets to Drumcliffe Irish Arts' Building Community through Dance
  • Family set of tickets to the Rochester Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony April 27

Giveaways are added frequently, so visit that Giveaway Page often for entry instructions!


11) THURSDAY HIGHLIGHTS (Lots more here):

Thursday, April 17: I and You - A play at Geva for teens and their families - special deal for KidsOutAndAbout readers at Geva Theatre Center . They could not be more different: Anthony, the optimistic high school basketball star and Caroline, the chronically-ill pessimist. As they cram to finish their class presentation, they learn how much they have in common.

Thursday, April 17: Red Wings Afternoon Home Game: 1:05pm game at Rochester Red Wings. Come cheer on the Rochester Red Wings in an afternoon game at Frontier Field! Family-friendly baseball at its finest!

Thursday, April 17: Cardboard Rollercoasters at Irondequoit Library (Pauline Evans Branch - West). Create a maze of tubes

Thursday, April 17: MISSION: GREEN family fun at RMSC at Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC). Get hands-on and help make our world a safer, greener place.

Thursday, April 17: Montezuma Birding Van Tour at Montezuma Audubon Center. Hop in a van for a guided bird tour!

Thursday, April 17: Spring break at Wickham Farms at Wickham Farms. Special coupon for Spring Break!


12) FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTS (Lots more here):

Friday, April 18: Chocolate Creations with Tops Cooking School at Monroe Branch Library. Tops Cooking School will teach us how to make some delicious chocolate creations. Registration required. Please call us at: 428-8202 to sign up! This class will be held at the Monroe Family YMCA's Teen City at 766 Monroe Avenue across from HESS.

Friday, April 18: Family Features Movie at Lollypop Farm at Lollypop Farm, Humane Society of Greater Rochester. Watch "A Bug's Life" at Lollypop Farm.

Friday, April 18: Animation School-Break Week at The Strong National Museum of Play. Saturday–Sunday—School-Break Week. In conjunction with the Animation exhibit. Included with general museum admission fees.

Friday, April 18: Spring Recess Camp at RockVentures - full day or half day - by day or by week at RockVentures. Come enjoy a full or half day of camp. Day consists of - climbing, high ropes course, elements, equipment and lots of fun activities.

Friday, April 18: Family Movie: Despicable Me 2 at Brighton Memorial Library. While ex-supervillain Gru is trying to adjust to family life, he gets recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help deal with a powerful new super criminal. Rated PG, approx. 98 mins. Snacks are welcome! Sponsored by the Friends of BML.


13) SATURDAY HIGHLIGHTS (Lots more here):

Saturday, April 19: Orienteering at Webster 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 19: GGH Kids in the Garden at Grossmans Garden & Home. Join GGH Kids at Grossmans Garden & Home every Saturday at 11am for fun, free activities! Youngsters explore the joy of gardening with hands-on crafts, nature experiments and educational games. Let's kick off the weekends together!

Saturday, April 19: Let's Sing About Spring at Chili Public Library. Sing, play and dance about the spring season with Missy Reed. For children ages 4 and under with adult. Registration required.

Saturday, April 19: Learn to Skate  at Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex. Fun and Safe Skating Experience for Beginners! Classes are designed for the true beginner of all ages. A great activity for the entire family in promoting health and physical fitness as well. Classes are broken up by age and ability.

Saturday, April 19: 11th Annual Easter Egg Hunt - age 12 and under to benefit a family in need at Clubhouse Fun Center . EASTER IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!!! April 19 is Clubhouse Fun Center's annual egg hunt for age 12 and under that benefits a local family in need. $3 entry fee gets you a fabulous, age-appropriate egg hunt with terrific prizes.

Saturday, April 19: Celebrate Spring Break with a visit to the Zoo! at Seneca Park Zoo. Dynamic animal programs begin Saturday, April 12 and continue through Sunday, April 20. There will be three programs daily, on a rotating schedule.


14) SUNDAY HIGHLIGHTS (Lots more here):

Sunday, April 20: I and You - A play at Geva for teens and their families - special deal for KidsOutAndAbout readers at Geva Theatre Center . They could not be more different: Anthony, the optimistic high school basketball star and Caroline, the chronically-ill pessimist. As they cram to finish their class presentation, they learn how much they have in common.

Sunday, April 20: Educator Appreciation Week at Barnes & Noble Booksellers/Pittsford. Join Barnes & Noble this week for a special extra discount extended to educators qualifying for our Educator discount card!

Sunday, April 20: Hawk Banding Station Tour at Braddock Bay Raptor Research. Come join us for a Hawk Banding Station Tour! The best way to learn about the migration of raptors is to join an experienced BBRR guide to see the banding process first-hand.

Sunday, April 20: Story Walk at Perinton Recreation & Parks Department. Come on our story walk! Read the story "No Bunny's Perfect" by Anne Dewdney, while walking the trail behind the Perinton Community Center.

Sunday, April 20: Bring Your Own Train at New York Museum of Transportation. Kids of all ages can bring their HO trains and operate them on a super-sized model railroad in a day of family fun at The New York Museum of Transportation, in Rush, Sundays through April. Free with admission.

Sunday, April 20: Celebrate Spring Break with a visit to the Zoo! at Seneca Park Zoo. Dynamic animal programs begin Saturday, April 12 and continue through Sunday, April 20. There will be three programs daily, on a rotating schedule.


15) The Bravo Family, the Wall Family, the Woods Family, the Smart Family, and the Walker Family are 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: Spring Recess Camp at RockVentures - full day or half day - by day or by week at RockVentures
Saturday: Story Walk at Perinton Recreation & Parks Department
Sunday: Easter at The Melting Pot - Rochester at The Melting Pot Restaurant

 

 

The Bravo Family loves the arts.
Friday: I and You - A play at Geva for teens and their families - special deal for KidsOutAndAbout readers at Geva Theatre Center 
Saturday: Animation School-Break Week at The Strong National Museum of Play
Sunday: 6x6x2014 - Call for entries! at Rochester Contemporary Art Center

 

 

This is the Woods Family. They love nature and the great outdoors.
Friday: Spring Breakout Day Camp at Montezuma Audubon Center
Saturday: Celebrate Spring Break with a visit to the Zoo! at Seneca Park Zoo
Sunday: Hawk Banding Station Tour at Braddock Bay Raptor Research

 

 

The Smart family focuses on educational and cultural activities.
Friday: Camp Midtown Specials - Spring Break Time Machine at Midtown Athletic Club 
Saturday: 11th Annual Easter Egg Hunt - age 12 and under to benefit a family in need at Clubhouse Fun Center 
Sunday: Under Construction: Building Careers exhibit at RMSC at Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC)

 

The Wall Family prefers indoor activities.
Friday: Family Movie: Despicable Me 2 at Brighton Memorial Library
Saturday: FOX & RABBIT book event at Wildlife Educators Coalition
Sunday: Bring Your Own Train at New York Museum of Transportation

 

 


16) And here's your weekend , presented day-by-day for your convenience...
 

Friday, April 18 
Saturday, April 19
Sunday, April 20 

 

Debra Ross
Publisher, KidsOutAndAbout.com

 


Top 20 Places to Take Kids in the Rochester area:

1. National Museum of Play at the Strong
2. Seneca Park Zoo
3. Rochester Museum & Science Center and Strasenburgh Planetarium
4. Seabreeze
5. Kango Play Center
6. TYKEs Theatre (Theatre Young Kids Enjoy)
7. Lollypop Farm
8. Local Library
9. Genesee Country Village & Nature Center
10. Bounce-It-Out
11. Jump Club
12. Jungle Jolt
13. Wickham Farms
14. Brown's Berry Patch
15. Stokoe Farms
16. New York Museum of Transportation
17. Darien Lake Amusement Park
18. Rochester-area YMCAs
19. Rochester Red Wings baseball
20. Rochester Children's Theatre
 


Winners in Special Categories
Favorite Kid-Friendly MuseumNational Museum of Play at the Strong
Favorite Nature CenterMendon Ponds Park / Wild Wings
Favorite Children's TheaterTYKEs Theatre
Favorite Indoor Recreation CenterKango Play Center
Favorite Farm (agri-entertainment)Lollypop Farm
Favorite Amusement ParkSeabreeze
Favorite Professional Sports TeamRochester Red Wings

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