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January 22 (today): What's a CSA, Anyway? Free info-session on Community Supported Agriculture at Mud Creek Farm.
January 24: Under the Sea opens at Strong national museum of play
January 25: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra - OrKIDStra at Hochstein
January 27: Open House at Nazareth Elementary
January 27: St. John Neumann School PreK- Grade 6 Open House at St. John Neumann School
January 28-29: Guided Tours and Open House at St. Joseph School in Penfield
January 29: Free CSA info session about Mud Creek Farm at Mendon Library
January 30: Tarzan the Musical from Stages at the Auditorium Center
February 4-8: Disney on Ice: Princesses & Heroes at Blue Cross Arena
February 7: Ivy & Bean: The Musical at Nazareth College Arts Center
February 25: Open House at the Norman Howard School
I was standing in the kitchen talking to my husband. Ella, who had just had a nice satisfying meal, was a few months old and in my arms. Madison was one-and-a-half, and in David’s arms. Suddenly, as babies do, Ella spit up all over me. Madison took one look, went pale, and let loose with what has been come to be known as her Sympathy Vomit.
My first reaction was to think a lot of crass words that no mommy should ever say in the presence of children and no publisher should ever write in the presence of 50,000 newsletter readers. And then I remembered the two main lessons that steady your perspective when confronted with parenting adversity:
1. It’s all part of the story. It’s all material. (As you can see, this is true. I've gotten lots of mileage out of the Sympathy Vomit story.)
2. Someday, the girls will be grown, and I’ll desperately wish to be back here, even in this crazy situation. (So far, this has not been true, at least not for Sympathy Vomit.)
As with any parenting stage, there are wonderful things about parenting babies and toddlers, and not-so-wonderful things. One of the not-so-wonderful things is that your brainspace has to be devoted to questions like whether liquids are properly oozing from various glands and orifices (yours and theirs), rather than creative work to move the planet forward. For me, that was the aspect of having babies that came closest to sending me over the edge.
The most important bit of advice I received at this stage was to get “out and about,” despite the massive production that any outing required when the girls were 6 months and 2 years old. To make that happen, you have to push yourself beyond your four walls, and it is indeed a PUSH. You have to tell yourself each time that it will ultimately be more rewarding than staying inside comfortably, that all of the diaper bag packing and sippy cup filling and snack cup spilling is worth it. You’ll have interaction with other adults, your kids will have exposure to great things, and you’ll have something interesting to tell your spouse when he or she comes home.
And if, when you’re out and about, you sometimes get tantrums and tears (theirs, yours, whomever's), well,it’s all part of the story. Yep. Tell yourself that.
--Debra Ross, Publisher, KidsOutAndAbout.com
2) Traveling with Babies
Whether it’s for a family reunion or wedding, a fun vacation, or a visit with grandparents who live far away, chances are good that you and your kids will be traveling this year. But, just thinking about traveling with a baby can be a scary thought.
Planes, Trains and Automobiles, written by KidsOutAndAbout's Buffalo editor Helena Robin, is the perfect article to help you with plenty of tips, tricks, information and suggestions for traveling with your littlest family members easily and with less stress!
3) Giveaways! We have several magnificent ticket giveaways, including family four-packs of tickets for:
- Owl Moon at Genesee Country Village
- Tarzan: The Musical from Stages
- Ivy & Bean: The Musical at Nazareth College Arts Center
- Disney on Ice at Blue Cross Arena
Click here to get to our giveaway page to learn how to enter these!
4) Your child might be ready for private music lessons. Then again, she might not! How do you know? How do you get them started on an instrument, wisely? And what do you do, as a parent, to keep them motivated once they start and find out they are not instantly and magically fabulous?
Local musician and music educator, Brannon Hungness of the Rochester Academy of Music & Art, provides his extremely usefultop 10 tips: What Every Parent Ought to Know about Music Lessons for Kids.
5) It's Preschool and Private School Open House Season!
Are you looking to send your child to preschool, nursery school, or private school this September? It's Open House season here in Rochester. KidsOutAndabout has a big list of preschools, and there are a bunch of Open Houses coming up in the next week. These are excellent (and free!) opportunities to tour the school, meet with teachers and administrators, hear about curricula, and experience the atmosphere first-hand.Click here for the list.
And this coming Monday, January 26, watch for our annual Preschool Newsletter, being delivered right to your in-box!
6) Captain America will be at Marketplace Mall this Saturday, January 24, from 12pm-3pm as part of Get Healthy New York's initiative on affordable health insurance. In-person assistance from the New York State Health Department will be in the Pole Position Raceway wing of Marketplace Mall. Your kids (and spouses!) can meet their favorite comic book hero, and you can fill in the gaps between what you don't know and what you need to know for signing up for health insurance. Click here for details.
The moon will be full next weekend, on January 30th & 31st, absolutely perfect for the Genesee Country Village & Museums annual Owl Moon event! Enjoy a moonlit, interactive, guided walk through the wintry woods while you experience how NY state owls adapt to their environment. In addition to the guided tour, you and your children can roast marshmallows around a campfire under the moonlit night sky while listening to the reading of Jane Yolens beautiful nature story, the Caldecott Medal winning Owl Moon! There will also be an opportunity to sit with real owls and get up-close-and-personal with them at an owl meet and greet hosted by Wild Wings, Inc. of Honeoye Falls, NY! These are ongoing activities from 6pm 8pm that can be done before or after your guided tour. Reservations are required for the guided tours, so make sure to book your spot now! For more information or to make your reservations, please visit http://www.gcv.org/EventCalendar/EventDetails.aspx?eid=61
8. Disney on Ice: Princesses & Heroes is at the Blue Cross Arena February 4-8!
Enter a world where heroes and hearts prevail. Join Ariel as she explores life above the waves and Prince Eric as he breaks Ursula’s spell to reclaim his true love. See Prince Phillip, in a race against time to rescue Aurora, defeat evilMaleficent. Discover a whole new world with Jasmine and Aladdin. Enter a winter wonderland with Anna, Elsa and Olaffrom Disney's blockbuster hit Frozen. And, watch in awe as the dreams of Cinderella, Belle, Snow White, Rapunzel and Tianaall come true. High-flying jumps, breathtaking skating, and lovable Disney friends are a wish away at Disney On Ice presents Princesses & Heroes Presented by YoKids Organic Yogurt.
9. Nazareth Elementary Open House Tuesday, January 27
A Nazareth Elementary Education A Bright Future!
Join us for our Open House Tuesday, January 27th from 9-11:00am or 4:00-7:00pm, and experience why Nazareth Elementary will make a difference in your childs education. We offer a rigorous and values-based curriculum for students in Preschool to Grade 6. Nazareth provides unique enrichment opportunities - Spanish, Journalism, Xerox Lego League, Instrumental Music, Creative Dance, Choir and numerous after-school clubs. A safe and structured Extended Care Program is available before and after school. Come visit us during Open House, or call Amanda Vinson at 458-3786 ext. 3114 for a private tour.
We look forward to welcoming you to Nazareth!
10. Wonder. Explore. Understand.
For over sixty years, Saint Joseph School has provided children, preschool through sixth grade, the opportunity to gain knowledge through experience. Our program is designed to nurture life-long learners by developing academic skills, intellectual curiosity, old-fashioned values, and active, compassionate service. We teach the whole child, encouraging each student to present and develop his best self every day. We offer comfortable class sizes for all grades, but space is limited. Morning and afternoon wrap around care and financial aid are available. To learn more, please contact us at 585.586.6968 and visit our website at www.sjspenfield.com.
Come to our Open House, complete with Science Fair and Social Studies Expo onThursday January 29 from 6:30PM to 8:00 PM. We are located in the heart of Penfield, at 39 Gebhardt Road off of Five Mile Line Road.
11) Toot Your Own Horn at Eastman Community Music School
Registration is open for spring semester at the Eastman Community Music School.
Students of all ages and abilities may sign up for private instruction on all instruments, voice, theory, and composition.
For more information, visit www.esm.rochester.edu/community or call 585.274.1400.
Eastman also offers a wide range of summer programming, from residential music camps to half-day programs, with descriptions online at summer.esm.rochester.edu.
12) RIT Career Explorers Experience
RIT Career Explorers Experience for 8th -10th graders is February 16-20, 2015 at RIT.
This full week exploratory experience is for pre admissions age youth unclear about the variety of STEM careers awaiting them. Registered students in this week-long academic program will have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to discover emerging and existing STEM careers. Dream and Do workshops will be offered by faculty and students in diferent academic disciplines. Students will be given new perspective on their work futures through several enlightening sessions: Thinking About Your Global Future, Design Thinking, MAGIC & Innovative Thinking. Program participants will be meeting with other experts behind the scenes for STEM in Sports, STEM in the Performing Arts and will be guided to complete DISC assessment profiles and Vision Boards.
Seats are limited. Registration has begun! Career Explorers Experience
13) Rediscover the Buffalo Museum of Science
Local editor Kathleen McCormack recently visited Buffalo Museum of Science with her preschooler, her baby, husband, AND grandmother for a multigenerational day they won't soon forget.
You can read Kathleen's review by simply following this link and learn what's available for every age to enjoy at the Buffalo Museum of Science, now only one year away from completing a 16-year renovation.
14) Celebrate Winter at Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center in the Adirondacks
Albany editor Katie Beltramo reports:
My family and I spent last weekend surrounded by people who love winter. I mean, they really love winter. We were staying at Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center, and as we ventured out on Saturday morning, I couldn't help noticing that the folks driving into the parking lot looked downright jubilant. By the end of the evening, we understood why. We skied, snowshoed, tubed downhill, and ended the evening splitting some flourless chocolate cake in front of the fire in our own little cottage. This is a great getaway for aspiring winter-lovers and mixed age groups. It's a particularly fabulous destination if your child has watched Frozen a gajillion times and you'd like to switch off the TV and give them the chance to tramp through snowy woods or say hello to a reindeer.
Read Katie's complete review here
15) Teens 'n Tots Preschool openings in Fairport for the winter/spring session: A fantastic price for a preschool experience!
It's cold outside and you'd like your preschooler to participate in an inexpensive, structured preschool program . . . while you relax a few mornings or afternoons each week. Have I got the program for you: The Teens N Tots Preschool Program at BOCES 1 Eastern Monroe Career Center in Fairport.
The program is for 3- to 5-year-olds and operates Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays through 5/29/15. The AM Session runs 8:30 - 10:30 am and PM Session is Noon - 2:00 pm. Program Cost: $85 per month per child; less than $25 per week!
Under the expert guidance of the Early Childhood Education Instructor, the teens from the Early Childhood Education class provide a variety of age appropriate learning activities that support growth and development of all children as they prepare for kindergarten. Hop in now and get your 3-, 4- or 5-year old enrolled immediately. Registration forms are available online athttp://www.monroe.edu/webpages/preschool/.
Or call the Early Childhood Instructor at (585) 387-3815.
16) New Creative Kiddos session
starting TOMORROW in Fairport. Still time to give it a try!
Creative Kiddos is a creative arts class taught by Amanda Meldrum that is designed for little minds to explore, learn and create using music, art, movement, theatre and much more! Kids have a blast singing, playing instruments, dancing, reading/acting out stories, doing art projects, all surrounding the Theme of the Day. The fun starts January 22, 2015, but participants can sign up at any time during the session; classes will be pro-rated accordingly.
Call 585-290-5638 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-register.
More information and a semester registration form is here.
17) THURSDAY HIGHLIGHTS (More here)
Thursday, January 22: New Year's Read to Annie at Brighton Memorial Library. Annie, our favorite therapy shih-tzu, is ready to ring in the New Year with reading! Bring in or pick out your favorite story to read to Annie. Registration required. Call 784-5300 or stop in to register.
Thursday, January 22: Little Shop of Horrors at Geva Theatre Center. A delightfully demented, charming and tuneful family musical about a hapless skid row floral assistant who becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic man-eating plant.
Thursday, January 22: Youth Indoor Flag Football at YMCA- Monroe. An introduction to flag football with an emphasis on individual development, healthy habits, sport concepts/strategies and sportsmanship. Program includes skill development activities and fun games.
18) FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTS (Lots more here)
Friday, January 23: Family Fun Night at Glacier Ridge Snow Tubing. Grab the family for some quality time in the snow!! Family Fun Night is every Friday, from 5pm-9pm. $50 for four 2-hour ride passes. Offer cannot be combined with other offers.
Friday, January 23: Parent's Night Out! Friday nights. at The Sandbox Indoor Playground & Consignment. Take a break from the usual and plan a date or fun night out--with no kids! The Sandbox crew will entertain, feed and play with your little ones so you can have some time for yourself.
Friday, January 23: Terry Fyke's Main Street Players Presents School House Rock Live! Jr. at Main Street Players @ the P. Ken Dennis Theater . Make Learning FUN! Tom, a teacher, will take you on a journey through imagination & song. School will never seem boring when School House Rock Live Jr., explodes onto the P. Ken Dennis Theatre stage! Loved by generations, fun & memorable!
Friday, January 23: Free Family Night at the SE YMCA at YMCA - Southeast (Pittsford). Mom and dad, bring your kids to the SE YMCA Friday night for some fun! Open to the community. Enjoy swimming, games, the Adventure Center, and more. Pizza for $1/slice. 5:30-9:00pm. Kids, bring a buddy!
18) SATURDAY HIGHLIGHTS (Lots more here)
Saturday, January 24: Polar Bear Story Time at Barnes & Noble at RIT. Polar Bear Story Time at Barnes & Noble @ RITRegister for free at:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/polar-bear-storytime-tickets-15337028465
Saturday, January 24: Youth Half Night & Overnight at YMCA- Westside (Gates). Join us for an outdoor winter snow sculpture competition. Weather permitting we will go outside to create snow sculptures, so bring appropriate clothing (snow pants, hats, mittens, scarves, etc.) to go outside.
Saturday, January 24: Peter and the Wolf at Perinton Recreation & Parks Department. Dancers and actors will audition for, be cast in, and rehearse for a dance production of Prokofiev's "musical tale".
19) SUNDAY HIGHLIGHTS (Lots more here)
Sunday, January 25: Summerville Nursery School Open House at Summerville Nursery School. Visit our Cooperative Pre-School to learn about everything we have to offer. Sunday, January 25 from 1-3 PM4845 St. Paul Blvd, Rochester, NY 14617Adjoined with the Summerville Presbyterian Church
Sunday, January 25: Free Kids Clinic: Design your own Field and Stream Iron On Shield at Field and Stream. Join Rochester Field and Stream for a free kids event and design your own iron on shield. Starts at two - while supplies last!
Sunday, January 25: Open House at Christ Clarion Preschool at Christ Clarion Community Preschool. Christ Clarion Preschool will hold an open house from 1 to 3pm, Sunday, Jan. 25. Tour the classrooms and meet our teachers. Learn about our 2, 3 & 5 day programs. Serving children 2 to 5 years of age. For details, call 381-5091.
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: Fitness Fridays for Kids at Highland Branch Library at Highland Branch Library
Saturday: OPEN SKATE at Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex
Sunday: Telegraph Development at N.Y. Museum of Transportation and Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum
The Bravo Family loves the arts.
Friday: Terry Fyke's Main Street Players Presents School House Rock Live! Jr. at Main Street Players @ the P. Ken Dennis Theater
Saturday: Little Shop of Horrors at Geva Theatre Center
Sunday: The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra at Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO)
This is the Woods Family. They love nature and the great outdoors.
Friday: Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo at Old Falls Street Niagara Falls
Saturday: DINOSAURS Exhibition at Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC)
Sunday: Girl Scout Workshops at Seneca Park Zoo
The Smart family focuses on educational and cultural activities.
Friday: Story Time Yoga at Gates Public Library
Saturday: Saint Agnes Open House (Pre-K 6th) at Saint Agnes School
Sunday: Make Your Own Glass Snowman at The Corning Museum of Glass
The Wall Family prefers indoor activities.
Friday: Free Family Night at the SE YMCA at YMCA - Southeast (Pittsford)
Saturday: Eric Carle play day at Lift Bridge Book Shop at Lift Bridge Book Shop
Sunday: Under the Sea at The Strong Museum
21) And here's your weekend, presented day-by-day for your convenience!
Friday, January 23
Saturday, January 24
Sunday, January 25
Congratulations to all Rochester-area organizations who made the list of 2014's 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!