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Upcoming FREE events: 1074 of them!
Master Guide to Fall Fun
Halloween - Fun stuff
Halloween - Scary stuff
Review of Bristol Mountain Aerial Adventure Park
Save the date for:
October 17: Arts Around Town from Hochstein & Harley
October 18: Mathnasium's 4th Annual TriMathlon at Mathnasium of Penfield.
October 19: Opening of Golden Legacy: 65 Years of Golden booksat the Memorial Art Gallery
October 19: OrKIDStra concert: Superheroes and Heroines at Hochstein Performance Hall
October 19: Giant Pumpkin Carving at Wickham Farms
October 24: Sweets in the Suites - Trick or Treating at the Amerks with a HUGE ticket discount (see below)
October 26: Wickham Farms Halloween activities
October 26: Closing day of Holiday Hollow
November 2: Grand Re-Opening of Aerial Arts of Rochester Circus School at Aerial Arts of Rochester.
November 8: 'I Can Be' Career Day at Girl Scouts of WNY. Register by 10/23
November 15: Rochester Children's Book Festival
Does it ever happen that your kids seem to change dramatically from one day to the next... even one MOMENT to the next? It can drive you crazy because you don't know whether to expect Dr. Jekyll or Ms. Hyde.
Kids are in a constant process of discovering who they are, and who they are going to be. I maintain, though, that it's less a process of self-discovery than self-creation. Becoming who you are going to become is a decision--actually, a million decisions made at a million tiny forks in the road. How do kids practice becoming who they're going to be? They try on roles. All the time.
Some of these roles can be pretty annoying. It can be hard to remember that younger kids are not deliberately deciding to try on the "brat" role; they're acting that way because they don't control their impulses well. But as they get older, we can help them learn to control how they think, how they act, and how they respond, and I think that's one of the single most helpful things we can do as parents. So role-playing can a great way to practice. In particular, Halloween is an awesome--and socially acceptable--time to take role-playing to an extreme: A costume, some makeup, and some accessories, and voilà!: Ms. Hyde becomes Elsa, or Anna, or a pirate, or a superhero.
You can continue the benefit of role-playing all year round: Whenever you bring your kids out and about to a theatrical production, they see real people pretending to be someone else, and they start to imagine what that might be like. This point is driven home even more when kids see other kids, especially their friends, on stage.
What's most useful, of course, is when kids themselves have the opportunity to participate in a play or musical theater production: Then not only are they trying on roles, but they actually have professional training to do just that! My kids have been very involved in theater for the past 5 years, and I have found it immensely beneficial as they have worked with skilled directors help them reach deep into themselves, to imagine how their characters would think, feel, and respond. (As it happens, their very first role on stage actually pitted them against each other as Maleficent and Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, where the whole point was that Madison's character was trying to kill Ella's character. Oy! Fortunately, they kept that role-playing on that stage.)
Rochester is filled with opportunities for your kids to watch and participate in all kinds of theatrical experiences, whether your kids are preschoolers, teens, or somewhere in between. They don't have to be little Shirley Temples, either; there is something for every ability. Check out our list of performing arts opportunities here. And below, you'll find a few examples for activities in our area.
--Debra Ross, Publisher
2) KIDS NIGHT ON BROADWAY at the Auditorium Theatre is November 14.
The Rochester Broadway Theatre League (RBTL) believes in providing opportunities for all people to experience the best in arts and performance and that the arts must be an essential part of every child's education. This is why they participate annually in the national KIDS NIGHT ON BROADWAY program offering BOGO tickets to a touring Broadway show at the Auditorium Theatre. Select balcony seats for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat on Friday, November 14, are buy one adult ticket, get one kid ticket free. Just CLICK HERE and use code: KIDS. A great way to expose young people to the world of live theatre!
3) Main Street Players invites kids in grade 6 through young adult to audition for SHREK: THE MUSICAL.Auditions are November 4 & 6, Performances Feb 6 & 7.
Everyone's favorite ogre takes center stage in a faraway kingdom turned upside down. Joined by a cast of characters, this hero is sure to steal your heart. Auditions (full cast) grades 6 through young adult: November 4 & 6, 7-9PM. Rehearsals:November 11 February 5: Tuesdays & Thursdays: 7-9PM (full cast) and Thursdays 6-7PM (ensemble chorus, grades 1-8, no audition required). Performances: February 6 (7PM) & 7 (2PM & 7PM). Family and multi-class discounts available. Click here to register online or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Visit us at http://www.tfs4dance.com/ for more information. (Participation fees: Full Cast $250, Ensemble $100.)
A high-energy concert for kids! Winner of a Latin Grammy Award for Best Childrens Album, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band was also named Best New Childrens 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 companys 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.
The first OrKIDStra concert of the season is this Sunday! Hop over to Hochstein Performance Hall to see the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra open their season with Superheroes and Heroines! Crash, bam, ka-pow! Celebrate Halloween early with iconic music from your favorite superheroes and heroines, including Spider-Man, Superman, Harry Potter, Captain America and The Incredibles. Matthew Kraemer is the guest conductor. Plus, our own stars of the RPO showcase tunes from Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars and X-Men.
7) Golden Legacy: 65 Years of Golden Books opens SUNDAY at the Memorial Art Gallery!
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 opens Sunday and 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. Sit in for free - the only cost will be your rapt attention. Click here for more details.
8) We've got giveaways! Family four-packs of tickets to
- Trick or Treat at Genesee Country Village
- Tickets to Zombie Prom the Musical
- Tickets to Fly Guy and other stores at TYKEs Theatre Nov 9
- Golden Legacy: 65 Years of Golden Books exhibit opening at the MAG
- Plus we have a free assessment and one-month tutoring at Mathnasium of Penfield!
Giant Pumpkin Carving at Wickham Farms: Sunday, October 19, 2-4 p.m. For the past four years, Jenny Bay, director of fun at Wickham Farms in Penfield, has carved a creation from a giant pumpkin. Past creations have included a car, a pirate and the Big Bad Wolf with the three little pigs. As in past years, Jennys end product will be a surprise. Arrive early to guess the weight of the pumpkin prizes will be awarded. Its free to watch the pumpkin carving. Attractions and activities available for a fee include face painting, pumpkin painting, hay rides, kiddie train ride, 2 -acre corn maze and jumping pillow. Inside the barn the farm will be serving freshly made donuts and cookies, hot and cold local apple cider and lots more!
11) Ready. Set. ZooBoo! Enjoy Halloween fun at the Seneca Park Zoo this and every weekend in October as they host ZooBoo. Come in costume and visit 15 trick-or-treat stations, collecting candy and trinkets along the way. You can even watch the Zoo's resident animals enjoy their treats and get your picture taken with costumed characters. A portion of the proceeds from ZooBoo, held rain or shine, are being donated to Health in Harmony, a non-profit organization committed to saving orangutans in their natural ranges. ZooBoo is presented by Walmart. Visit senecaparkzoo.org for details.
The last weekend in September through the last weekend in October, The Garden Factory, on Buffalo Road in Gates, invites you to join their Fall Family Fun activities, 11:00am to 4:00pm. Their activities are kid friendly, with rides, games, arts & crafts geared toward kids ages 2-10, they offer fun for the whole family! With special animal visitors, carnival rides, face painting and balloon animals, delicious foods and more, there is sure to be something to please everyone! Plus they're hosting the Pirate Toy Fund for a special Pirates & Princesses Pancake Breakfast on Columbus Day!
13) (Sc)Aerial Adventures Halloween Headlamp Tours at Bristol Mountain. 4 NIGHTS OF FUN AND FRIGHTS on the haunted zip-lines and eerie bridges at the summit of Bristol Mountain with 3 SPOOKY (not scary) aerial adventure courses, for ages 7 & up and 2 SC-AERIAL adventure fright courses not for the faint of heart! Friday and Saturday, October 17/18 and 24/25 at Bristol Mountain. (You're parking on the top of the mountain, not down at the base... see the web site for directions, and make sure you reserve your spot in advance.)
15) Private lessons at Eastman Community Music School!
Its not too late to sign up for private music lessons at the Eastman Community Music School! Students of all ages and abilities can register for private lessons on all instruments, voice, or composition at any point during the year. Registration is also open for the winter session of Early Childhood Music, an internationally-acclaimed program for children from 4-months to 6-years old. Early Childhoods winter session begins January 3rd, and space is available on a first-come-first-served basis. Visit www.esm.rochester.edu/community or call (585) 274-1400 for more information.
16) 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.
HelloFresh delivers fresh ingredients to your door to make three healthful, homemade meals a week with pre-measured ingredients and step-by-step recipe cards with pictures.
Sounds great! But you have questions. We've answered the toughest skeptic's questions in our personal review of HelloFresh.
Read the KidsOutAndAbout review here by our editor, Kathleen.
19) THURSDAY HIGHLIGHTS (Lots more here):
Thursday, October 16: 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!
Thursday, October 16: Storytime at the Parma Public Library at Parma Public Library. Join Miss Amy for stories, coloring, music, and LOTS of puppets! For Ages 2-5 (siblings welcome) No registration required!
Thursday, October 16: South Wedge Farmers' Market at South Wedge Farmers Market. Weekly farmers' market with 24 vendors offering fresh local fruits, vegetables, meats, baked goods, flowers, and much more. Live music, food trucks, fun activities for kids to encourage healthy eating.
20) FRIDAY HIGHLIGHTS (Lots more here)
Friday, October 17: 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!
Friday, October 17: MacBeth at Nazareth College Arts Center. The shortest and one of the bloodiest and most violent tragedies in Shakespeare's canon, "The Scottish Play" is so notorious you cannot say its name in a theater space without courting disaster, a superstition in keeping with the play's backdrop.
Friday, October 17: The Great Pumpkin Patch at McCracken Farms Brockport NY. Our family has brought the Great Pumpkin Patch back to McCracken Farms in Brockport. (701 White Road) Come join us this weekend!
21) SATURDAY HIGHLIGHTS (Lots more here)
Saturday, October 18: Family Fun Activities@ Lagoner Farms [ at Lagoner Farms. We have a Mini Maze, Cider Barrel Express and a NEW SLIDE out back...which is fun for Kids and Adults too! So come on out and visit us for some country picking and day of family fun!
Saturday, October 18: Flashlight Tour of the 1822 Johnston House at Geneva Historical Society. Enjoy a tour of the 1822 Johnston House after dark to get a taste of what life was like in the Finger Lakes before electricty. Try your hand at a few common activities by candlelight and moonlight.
Saturday, October 18: Spirits of the Past - Theatrical Tours at Genesee Country Village & Museum. Take an after-hours guided tour through the candlelit and spooky streets of the historic village on Oct, 17-18 & 23-25 to find costumed characters spinning tales from iconic horror literature of the 19th century. (Reservations Required)
Saturday, October 18: FALL FAMILY FUN at The Garden Factory - Sept 27 - Oct 26 at The Garden Factory. We have a wide variety of amusement attractions ranging from mechanical children's rides such as the Merry-Go-Round, Turbo Tubs, Slides, Bounce House & Balloon Darts, Gold Fish Toss, & the Duck Pond.
Saturday, October 18: Mathnasium of Penfield's 4th Annual TriMathlon!!! at Mathnasium of Penfield. A fun-filled math event for all kids from grades 2-5! Goody bags for all attendees and additional prizes for winners. FREE to all.
Sunday, October 19: Halloween Madness at Clover Lanes. Halloween family fun!!! 3 hours of glow bowling, games, activities and prizes. Costume contest and Trick-or-treating!!! Lots of Halloween themed munchies and beverages.
Sunday, October 19: First OrKIDStra concert of the season: Superheroes and Heroines at Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO). Crash, bam, ka-pow! Celebrate Halloween early with iconic music from your favorite superheroes and heroines, including Spider-Man, Superman, Harry Potter, Captain America and The Incredibles.
Sunday, October 19: MacBeth at Nazareth College Arts Center. The shortest and one of the bloodiest and most violent tragedies in Shakespeare's canon, "The Scottish Play" is so notorious you cannot say its name in a theater space without courting disaster, a superstition in keeping with the play's backdrop.
23) 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 For You! All Week. All Free at Jewish Community Center of Rochester (JCC)
Saturday: YMCA Camp-tober Fest at YMCA Camp Arrowhead
Sunday: Dance Magic at Ballet Prestige
The Bravo Family loves the arts.
Friday: Rhythm Connect--Drum with Me! Parent Child Class at Rhythm Connect
Saturday: Junior Wind Symphony Concert! at Hochstein School of Music & Dance, Holiday Hollow Halloween and Pirate Festival 2014 at Holiday Hollow Halloween Festival, Family Fun Activities@ Lagoner Farms [ at Lagoner Farms
Sunday: First OrKIDStra concert of the season: Superheroes and Heroines at Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra (RPO)
This is the Woods Family. They love nature and the great outdoors.
Friday: Pumpkin Hollow at Gro-Moore Farms: Free Daily Activities at Gro-Moore Farms
Saturday: Family Farm Fun at Long Acre Farms, The Great Pumpkin Patch at McCracken Farms Brockport NY
Sunday: Giant Pumpkin Carving at Wickham Farms, Fall Sky Ride 2014 at Bristol Mountain at Bristol Mountain
The Smart family focuses on educational and cultural activities.
Friday: 2014 Wayne County Apple Tasting Trail at Apple Tasting Trail
Saturday: Mathnasium of Penfield's 4th Annual TriMathlon!!! at Mathnasium of Penfield
Sunday: FALL FAMILY FUN at The Garden Factory - Sept 27 - Oct 26 at The Garden Factory
The Wall Family prefers indoor activities.
Friday: KOAA Readers Get 50% Discount on Tickets to A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Geva Theatre Center
Saturday: MacBeth at Nazareth College Arts Center, Ghostbusters! at Gates Public Library, Chuck E. Cheese Ice Cream Party! at Chuck E. Cheese's Henrietta
Sunday: Fall Foliage by Trolley & Train at N.Y. Museum of Transportation and Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum
24) And here's your weekend, presented day-by-day for your convenience... it's insane, every October weekend, with so many events and opportunities. I LOVE fall in Rochester!
Friday, October 17
Saturday, October 18
Sunday, October 19
Have a wonderful weekend!
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!