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Thursday, March 6, 2014
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Save the date for:
March 8: Free Fly Tying Demonstration and Casting Clinic at Fish Hatchery at Powder Mills Park
March 12: Managing Autism Together Today (MATT) Family Fun Night at Bounce-It-Out
March 14-16: Sesame Street Live
March 15: St. Patrick's Day Parade & Celtic Family Fair
March 15: Maple Sugar Festival & Pancake Breakfast at Genesee Country Village
March 16: Lemony Snicket: The Composer is Dead: OrKIDStra
March 21-23: Sherlock Holmes from Stages at the Auditorium Center
March 29: Opening of My Son Pinocchio from TYKEs Theatre
April 5: A Year with Frog & Toad from Stages at the Auditorium Center
April 6: Picardy Penguin: OrKIDStra
April 12: Bunny Hunt at Wickham Farms
Dear KidsOutAndAbout readers:
I frequent my favorite Chinese restaurant for two reasons: Good food, and the Norm Effect.
Those of you of a certain age remember the TV show Cheers. Cheers was the name of a bar in Boston "where everybody knows your name." That was most true of Norman Peterson: Whenever he'd walk into Cheers, everyone in the bar would shout, "NORM!" That warm sense of welcoming recognition is now known in our culture as the Norm Effect.
I feel like Norm whenever I walk into Hong Wah in Penfield. Vicky Shi, the proprietor, knows the names of hundreds of her regular customers. When she spots me, she enthusiastically calls out, "Hi, Deb!" She knows what I am about to order (broccoli with garlic sauce). She asks after the kids.
Vicky makes each and every customer feel not only welcome, but visible. Somehow, she conveys that she's happy that you're there, and that you're you, and that should you be happy, too. And the food is great.
Over a decade ago, Harvard professor Robert Putnam discussed his idea of "social capital" in a book called Bowling Alone. He talks about the importance of being connected with others in social networks. He claims that "joining and participating in one group" (presumably in person...not a Facebook group) "cuts in half your risk of dying next year." It has something to do with the sense of validation and purpose one gets from being connected in the world. I don't know about that, though it does make me wonder: If everyone had a Vicky, would we all live longer? Even if not, doesn't it mean we all live better?
But you can't go ordering up Vickies like you can Chinese food, right? Wait, maybe you can! We have kids, don't we? My theme in this publisher's note is often some variant of "Be the Karma." How about we all teach our kids to Be the Vicky for the people we encounter every day out in the world? If we all just do this, it might even become... dare I say it... the Norm.
2) Most of us are hating it, but it's still winter. Thank goodness, we've got some great places to go that let us step into new worlds that, for the most part, let us escape from this abysmal cold and damp. Check out KidsOutAndAbout's Top 10 Places to Take Kids in Rochester's Winter!
3) Here's a great way to help get ready for summer and also feel like super-parent: Head on over to Eastview Mall this Sunday, March 9, from 11am-5pm for the Genesee Valley Parent 10th Annual Camp Fair! This is an opportunity for you to meet the people behind all of the summer camps in our area. I have always found it immensely valuable: Get to know the counselors, explore camp philosophies, and, of course, bring your kids so they an interact with the folks at the booths to feel comfortable. This is the best way I know to go both wide and deep in one day: You get to visit with a huge range of camps, and then really explore with them what they offer. Trust me, they're happy to talk with you!
4) SESAME STREET LIVE “CAN’T STOP SINGING”
MARCH 14-16 AT RBTL’S AUDITORIUM THEATRE
Join the chorus for this toe tapping, finger snapping musical event, which is next Friday-Sunday, March 14-16 at the Auditorium Theatre! All you need is a song when Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Murray and all of your favorite Sesame Street friends bring the magic of music to life on stages big and small. When Elmo gets his furry fingers on Abby Cadabby’s magic wand, there’s something in the air - and Sesame Street becomes a nonstop, all-singing, all-dancing musical montage! Grover and Baby Bear sing their highs and lows, Cookie Monster sings fast and slow, Bert and Ernie converse in song and Murray makes mouth music for all to sing along! Learn why it feels good to sing a song, but why it feels good to stop, too! What will Elmo learn about the power of musical magic? Join the conga line of fun to find out! Click here for tickets.
5) And now, for music of a different sort...
A group of talented young musicians will come together at Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre on Wednesday, March 19 to share their love of music and perform live on NPR’s From the Top with host Christopher O’Riley. In the spirit of this national show, the event hosts – WXXI and Eastman School of Music – encourage the public to share their joy of music with students in the Rochester City School District by donating used instruments to the Rochester Education Foundation (REF) that afternoon. From 2 to 7 p.m. REF will be in Wolk Atrium next to the Eastman Theatre Box Office accepting donations. For tickets, click here to get to the RPO box office.
6) WIN STUFF on our Giveaway Page !
- Tickets to My Son Pinocchio March 29-30
- Tickets to Sesame Street Live March 14-16
- Tickets to Maple Sugar Festival and Pancake Breakfast at Genesee Country Village next weekend
Giveaways are added frequently, so visit that Giveaway Pageoften for entry instructions!
7) THURSDAY HIGHLIGHTS (Lots more here):
Thursday, March 6: Your RPO Presents: Christopher Seaman: Berlioz, Beethoven and Bruckner at Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO). Beethoven created his second piano concerto as a showpiece for his own talents as a pianist, and Rochester favorite Jon Kimura Parker takes up the challenge with amazing skill and artistry.
Thursday, March 6: Dough Raiser to Benefit Rochester Childfirst Network! at UNO Chicago Grill - Henrietta. Fundraiser to benefit Rochester Childfirst Network at UNO Henrietta!
8) FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTS (Lots more here):
Friday, March 7: Story Time: The Owl's Nest at The Barn Owl. This 30-minute monthly program includes a story and hands-on activity. The activity varies from month to month, but may include a visit from an animal, a nature-themed craft, or a seasonal program.
Friday, March 7: One Year Brainiversary Party at Rochester Brainery. Come help us celebrate Rochester Brainery's one year Brainiversary. Thanks to everyone who has been a part of Rochester Brainery, we could not have come this far without you!
Friday, March 7: Fun night @ Martial Arts America! from Mathnasium of Penfield. Karate class for kids Lesson about how to deal with bullies without fighting Karate games and obstacle course Adult self-defense session - parents must stay with their child. Snacks will be served
9) SATURDAY HIGHLIGHTS (Lots more here):
Saturday, March 8: Rhythm Connect--NEW--Music and Shadow Puppet Play! at Rhythm Connect. Rhythm Connect--NEW--Music and Shadow Puppet Play!
Saturday, March 8: Open House Fiesta!!! at Expressive Beginnings Child Care. Please join us on March 8th from 10am - noon for a Fiesta including music, food, piñatas, crafts & games! Clifford the Big Red Dog will also be there as part of our Scholastic Book Fair! This event is free and open to the public!
Saturday, March 8: Rochester RazorSharks Vs. Erie Hurricane - free kids tickets! at Rochester RazorSharks. Come support your 2008, 2009 and 2011 Premier Basketball League champions as they work towards their next championship title!! Like us on Facebook at RocRazorSharks & Follow us on Twitter @RocRazorsharks
Saturday, March 8: Sensational Saturday at New York Power Authority. This free family fun event features basics of electricity programs, displays and interactive exhibits relating to the production of electricity, energy efficiency and the area’s history.
Saturday, March 8: Fairytales Around the World: Germany and Hansel and Gretel at Writers & Books. Come read around the world with Writers & Books! Read fairytales from Germany, including Hansel and Gretel. Enjoy hot chocolate and crafts after the reading. This event is recommended for children ages 3-10, but all are welcome.
10) SUNDAY HIGHLIGHTS (Lots more here):
Sunday, March 9: Live Children's Performance by singer, songwriter, puppeteer extrordinaire, Tom Knight! at Ellwanger-Barry Nursery School. Come join the Ellwanger Barry Nursery School Community to watch a fun and entertaining performance by Tom Knight! For more information on Tom Knight, please go to www.ebns.org or www.tomknight.com
Sunday, March 9: 20th Annual Camp & Summer Activity Fair from Genesee Valley Parent at Genesee Valley Parent Magazine. The 2014 Camp Fair is a once-a-year opportunity to visit with many area and national camps.
Sunday, March 9: Annual Orchid Show at Sonnenburg Gardens at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park. Escape winter's grip with a stroll through tropical flowers and plants! Flower fans of all ages will certainly delight in exotic orchid blooms and plants showcased in Sonnenberg's historic greenhouses. Great science outing!
Sunday, March 9: Annual Open House at Rochester Model Railroad Club. Come and see our 350-foot double track mainline depicting scenes of the Lehigh Valley Railroad of the 1950s with a trolley line that has cars running under overhead wire. Sat 10 Am to 5 PM, Sun 1 PM to 5 PM.
14) 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: Fun night @ Martial Arts of America! at Mathnasium of Penfield
Saturday: Kids Night at YMCA- Northwest
Sunday: Search for Hidden Creatures at Letchworth State Park at Letchworth State Park
The Bravo Family loves the arts.
Friday: Rhythm Connect--Drum with Me! Parent Child Class at Rhythm Connect
Saturday: Your RPO Presents: Christopher Seaman: Berlioz, Beethoven and Bruckner at Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO), Pilobolus at Nazareth College Arts Center
Sunday: Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra "20th CENTURY SYMPHONIC MASTERPIECES" at Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra
This is the Woods Family. They love nature and the great outdoors.
Friday: Story Time: The Owl's Nest at The Barn Owl
Saturday: Live Animal Presentation at the MAC at Montezuma Audubon Center, Annual Orchid Show at Sonnenburg Gardens at Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park
Sunday: Crescent Trail Guided Hikes at Perinton Recreation & Parks Department
The Smart family focuses on educational and cultural activities.
Friday: Under Construction: Building Careers exhibit at RMSC at Rochester Museum & Science Center (RMSC)
Saturday: Rochester Model Railroad Club 75th Anniversary Open House at Rochester Model Railroad Club, American Girl: Truly Talented You! at Barnes & Noble Webster
Sunday: 20th Annual Camp & Summer Activity Fair from Genesee Valley Parent at Eastview Mall
The Wall Family prefers indoor activities.
Friday: First Friday Films at Gates Public Library
Saturday: Stories at the Stage at Barnes & Noble Booksellers/Pittsford
Sunday: Live Children's Performance by singer, songwriter, puppeteer extrordinaire, Tom Knight! at Ellwanger-Barry Nursery School
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
5. Kango Play Center
6. TYKEs Theatre (Theatre Young Kids Enjoy)
7. Lollypop Farm
8. Local Library
9. Genesee Country Village & Nature Center
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 Museum: National Museum of Play at the Strong
Favorite Nature Center: Mendon Ponds Park / Wild Wings
Favorite Children's Theater: TYKEs Theatre
Favorite Indoor Recreation Center: Kango Play Center
Favorite Farm (agri-entertainment): Lollypop Farm
Favorite Amusement Park: Seabreeze
Favorite Professional Sports Team: Rochester Red Wings