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Save the date for:
February 27-March 8: Balloon Manor at the Sibley Building in Rochester
March 6-8: Orchid Show at Sonnenberg Gardens
March 7-8: Royal Ball at The Strong Museum
March 8: Genesee Valley Camp Fair at Eastview Mall
March 8: College Assistance Plus College Education Seminar
March 10-15: Annie at the Auditorium Center (Click here to enter to win tickets!)
March 15: Disney Live Jr: Pirates & Princesses at Blue Cross Arena (we have a special discount code)
March 21-29: Maple Sugar Festival at Genesee Country Village
I was at the Houston Museum of Natural Science recently, and I saw the best representation ever of something parents experience often: FRUSTRATION.
That sabre-toothed tiger pictured to the right (Xenosmilus) is in a no-win position: He's trying to lunch on what you would have called a Glyptodon if you'd been around during the Pleistocene Era. But the tiger is out of luck. The Armadill-o-zilla's armor is impenetrable, and the tiger isn't bright enough to change his approach, So he's doomed... in this case, forever frozen inside the HMNS, never getting the Armadillo Tartare he was craving.
So it is with parenting.
No, no, no... WE'RE not doomed. And no, I'm not recommending that we try to find the places where our toddlers and teens are most vulnerable, as that tiger should. But I think every parent has experienced a similar feeling of frustration: We keep trying the same strategies over and over again, banging our heads against their little armored hides, and somehow we keep being surprised when it doesn't work. Unlike that tiger, however, we humans are endowed with the ability to imagine alternatives: We can be creative and flexible. Even just reminding myself that I can draw on those gifts is often enough to make me stop what I'm doing with my kids and try something else. Even if that doesn't magically fix the problem, it makes me somewhat more confident and infinitely more cheerful.
Here's another source of frustration that can benefit from the Tiger and Armadill-o-zilla lesson: For many of us (especially in the Northeast), this winter has been frustrating beyond words. It's severe, and seemingly endless. Unlike with parenting or even with the tiger's challenge, this isn't a problem that humans can fix. No amount of human ingenuity is going to have the slightest impact on Mother Nature, at least not this year.
I bet if you take 5 minutes with your kids to brainstorm ways you can together make winter work for you rather than against you, you'll be astonished at what you all devise. Step around and look at it from a new angle. More than likely, that particular problem may just...er...melt away.
--Debra Ross, Publisher, KidsOutAndAbout.com
2) Balloon Manor is coming back to Rochester THIS WEEK with a now-annual spectacular FREE balloon art event at the Sibley Building in downtown Rochester. Last year, the theme was a wondrous Jack and his Beanstalk, and this year it's an Undersea Adventure. Watch the 5-story structure being built with over 40,000 balloons from February 23-26. Visit the completed giant sculpture from February 27-March 7. Balloon popping party is March 8. It's going to be awesome! (And, you know, FREE. You can't beat free.) KidsOutAndAbout.com is proud to be part of this new Rochester tradition. (Ellla and I made a one-minute video your of the balloon structure last year; click here to see it on YouTube.)
3) Annie at RBTL's Auditorium Theatre March 10-15
Spectacular on every count. -Newsweek
The worlds best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original.
Featuring book and score by Tony Award-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as Its the Hard Knock Life, Easy Street, I Dont Need Anything But You, plus the eternal anthem of optimism, Tomorrow.
RBTLs Auditorium Theatre
4) Democrat & Chronicle reporter working on a story about summer camp:
What are your kids doing this summer? Bennett Loudon, a reporter at the Democrat and Chronicle, is working on a story about the difficulties some parents have finding appropriate, affordable day care and camps for their children during the summer break. If you are willing to be interviewed about your experience with this subject, please call Bennet at (585) 258-2494, or send an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
5) Please do me a tiny but important favor: Take 13 seconds and VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE ROCHESTER FESTIVAL. Voting is open only until next week. Thank you!
6) Dryden Kids Begins at George Eastman House
7) Sprint is only a few weeks away! Maple Sugaring is around the corner! Kids are FREE at the Genesee County Village & Museum’s Maple Sugaring Festival March 21st, 22nd, 28th & 29th! (Ages 16 and under.) Start your visit at the Nature Center and walk on the Maple History Trail. As you hike through the recently expanded Sugarbush you'll see more trees tapped with modern tubing and stop at stations to see how collecting sap has changed over time! Then, head over to the village to experience the Maple Syrup process the 19th Century way where you will find many more unique activities and tastings included in this program. You can add to the experience by joining us for a delicious pancake breakfast with real maple syrup! (Separate ticket) So bring the entire family and enjoy the fresh air and the delicious aroma of simmering maple syrup, as you set off into the woods in search of sweet adventure! For more information, click here.
8) Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s upcoming 6x6 exhibit (June 6 – July 12) is the perfect opportunity to sit down with your kids and create art for a good cause!
Rochester’s biggest “small art” phenomenon presents 6”x6” works for sale to the public for $20 each to benefit RoCo. Internationally renowned artists to school kids from every state and more than 60 countries have been represented. An art background isn’t necessary. All entries will be accepted for sale and exhibited in the gallery and online. Artists are anonymous and names will be revealed only after purchase. With the exception of glitter, all media is welcome, and there is no fee to enter.
Submissions are due on April 19, but March is Party Kick-off Month. Make this a multi-generational affair or gather families from the neighborhood and host an Art-Making Party: www.roco6x6.org/6x6_Party.pdf. For all guidelines, visit www.roco6x6.org/6x6x2015_intro.php.
9) Robotics and Coding at Sylvan Learning Center
Introduce your 2-6 grader to a cutting-edge STEM program at Sylvan Learning! Our new robotics and coding classes will help your child learn critical skills for the future in a fun, interactive setting. Sylvan Robotics courses use LEGO Educations award-winning WeDo programming software. Students dont just get to build and program robots, but get experience with valuable STEM skills. Sylvan Game Design courses introduce kids to programming in a fun way. Your child will be psyched to come for fun, kid-friendly, hands-on, interactive projects including building video games! Get the Sylvan Edge! Winter, Spring and Summer classes are filling up quickly. Programs offered at Pittsford, Greece, Webster & Canandaigua locations. Click here for details.
10) Longing for spring? Longing for baseball? Red Wings Vouchers are now available
A Red Wings Diamond Debit Card or ticket vouchers are a great gift idea for the on-the-go person in your life. They are very convenient and super easy to use! Call the Red Wings Box Office and have your tickets printed in advance or use your card to print/order your tickets online! Skip the line with a Diamond Debit Card, as your tickets wait for you - instead of you waiting for your tickets! Use them all at once or just a few tickets at a time. Redeemable for any game excluding exhibitions, concert events, and playoffs.
Order now by calling (585) 454-1001, press zero and ask for a ticket representative or click here.
11) Giveaways! We have terrific ticket giveaways:
- Tickets to see Annie at the Auditorium
- Win a week of summer camp at Lollypop Farm
- Win a birthday party at The Sandbox
- Win a signing time kit from Roc City Signers
- Win tickets to Genesee Country Village's Maple Sugaring Festival
- And more!
Click here to get to our giveaway page to learn how to enter these!
Knit Knerds Teen Knitting Club at Henrietta Public Library. Enjoy knitting with other teens!
Baby's Morning Out at Fairport Public Library. Drop-in playtime for babies and toddlers
Simply Stories at Chili Public Library. For children of all ages with an adult. Join us for a special storytime full of stories, songs, and fun! No registration required.
STEAM Activities at Parma Public Library. Explore and create with Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math. No registration required.
Preschool Story Time at Seymour Library, Brockport. Children ages 2-5 and their caregivers are welcome to join us for stories, songs, movement, and more.
Fun Fridays at YMCA- Westside (Gates). Family gym games, inflatable and obstacle course, crafts, and family swimming
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!
Parents Night Out at YMCA Camp Arrowhead. Let us care for your children while you go out, or catch up on errands. Registration deadline is the Wednesday prior to date.
Visit Balloon Manor! at Airigami. FREE! Dont miss this once-in-a-lifetime event! Balloon Manor: The Amazing Air-filled Undersea Adventure is a five-story sculpture built from over 40,000 balloons. Come see it while it lasts,The sculpture will be popped March 8 at 3pm.
Genesee Valley Table Tennis Club Ping Pong Tournament. Come to watch or play at the Rochester Open Table Tennis Tournament. Free to watch. Entry fees to play. Rochester Sports Garden. Friday 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm Saturday 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Sunday 9:00 am to 3 pm.
15th Annual Chocolate Chip Cookie Contest at Perinton Recreation & Parks Department. Get cookin' and enter our chocolate chip cookie challenge!
Amerks evening game at the Blue Cross Arena. Rochester hockey at its family-friendly finest!
Basic First Aid for Children at Penfield Recreation. Kids - learn how to do basic First Aid!
Movie: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day at Rochester Public Library - Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County. Rated PG. Alexander's day begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by more calamities.
Scholastic Book Fair at Allendale Columbia School. Saturday, February 28th from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Alumni Gym at Allendale Columbia School (519 Allens Creek Rd, Rochester 14618). Books, crafts, face painting, and more!
Bully Proof Workshop for School-age Children - Webster Location at Martial Arts America. Children will learn how to show a confident attitude in order to avoid being bullied, how to use "verbal karate" in dealing with a bully and what to do in a variety of bullying situations.
Animal birthday: River otter at Seneca Park Zoo. Celebrate birthdays for our North American river otters!
Children's Puppet Show at Best Foot Forward . Catskill Puppet Theater is coming to Pittsford! One day only - two shows with limited seating! Don't miss out on this great show!
15) SUNDAY HIGHLIGHTS (Lots more here)
Field and Stream Kids Clinic: Paracord Bracelets at Field and Stream. Join Rochester Field and Stream and learn how to make Paracord Bracelets. Cost is FREE!
Ski, Snowshoe & Hike the Museum in Winter at Genesee Country Village & Museum. Ski, snowshoe or hike the Historic Village and Nature Center trails weekends in January & February 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Winter Softball Tournament at Miracle League Field of Rochester. Come play Winter Softball in the Snow to support the Miracle League March 1st
Rochester Model Railroad Club at N.Y. Museum of Transportation and Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum. A video presentation reveals the large layout created and operated by members of the Rochester Model Railroad Club. Four "clinics" are included providing the "how to" training for modelers starting out in this fascinating hobby.
The Dutch Connection: George Eastmans Conservatory in Winter Bloom. 2015-s exhibit features more than 2,000 tulips, hyacinths, daffodils, freesias, amaryllis, & azaleas. A mid-winter treat for the eyes & nose! Included with museum admission.
16) 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: Fitness Fridays for Kids at Highland Branch Library
Saturday: PRESCHOOL OPEN HOUSE for Rochester Yoga Preschool
Sunday: Winter Softball Tournament at Miracle League Field of Rochester
The Bravo Family loves the arts.
Friday: Parents Night Out at YMCA - Southeast (Pittsford)
Saturday: Frozen Party at Webster Public Library
Sunday: Tango Buenos Aries: Song of Evita at Nazareth College Arts Center
This is the Woods Family. They love nature and the great outdoors.
Friday: Bunk with Beasts Overnight Experiences (Girl and Boy Scouts) at Seneca Park Zoo
Saturday: Ski, Snowshoe & Hike the Museum in Winter at Genesee Country Village & Museum
Sunday: Field and Stream Kids Clinic: Paracord Bracelets
The Smart family focuses on educational and cultural activities.
Friday: Baby Lap Sit at Ogden Farmers' Library
Saturday: Bullying: Intervention Strategies for Parents - The Advocacy Center & Happiness House at Canandaigua Location
Sunday: 4 Crafty Hearts Winter Getaway 2015
The Wall Family prefers indoor activities.
Friday: Minecraft Game Nites at ArtsROC School of Art, Music & Language
Saturday: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss at Chili Public Library
Sunday: Visit Balloon Manor! at Airigami
Have a great weekend!
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!